Finding the right piece of land for developing a kiwifruit orchard is a crucial step towards maximising productivity - and your return on investment. There are many factors to consider, including the local climate, irrigation options, the size and shape of the property, soil composition and water / moisture levels. At Southern Cross Horticulture, we bring together experts from across the industry to help you select the best land based on all these considerations.
Southern Cross Horticulture has been building orchards for decades. We’ve been at the leading edge of a number of industry innovations including using greenhouses, placing canopies across entire orchards and developing specialist establishment techniques. In partnership with you, we can help you create the ideal design for your orchard. We can take responsibility for all aspects of the orchard development.
Once we have agreed a plan and design for your kiwifruit orchard, the construction phase can begin. Our in-house construction teams allow us to control the entire value chain including planning, building and managing your orchard. You will not need to bring in any third party contractors, which allows you to streamline the building process and benefit from cost-efficiencies and time savings.
The nurseries at Southern Cross Horticulture specialise in the production and supply of high-quality, grafted kiwifruit plants and rootstock. Our highly controlled greenhouse environment combines the best of plant science with exacting horticultural processes that have been passed down by generations of growers on our family-run orchards.
When you establish a new kiwifruit orchard and enter the market, you’ll want to make sure that you are starting out in the most cost-effective and efficient way. And that’s where we can help. The team at Southern Cross Horticulture can help you establish a world-class orchard development. Our orchards consistently produce yields far higher than the industry average.
Southern Cross Horticulture offer Kiwifruit Orchard Management Services – from propagation through to harvesting, we focus on bringing in that important first crop and delivering top long term results. While it’s easy to think mainly about planting and harvesting, the year-round management of the orchard includes winter pruning, pest and disease control, thinning, frost protection, summer pruning and pollination. Here is our quick guide on kiwifruit orchard management.
A lot will depend on the quality and consistency of your plants, as well as on the time of planting and the establishment process you put into place. Southern Cross Horticulture orchards usually produce first-crop yields that are significantly higher than the industry average – from as soon as 21 months in the ground.