Plants that grow your wealth faster

It’s the quality of the Southern Cross Horticulture plants that allows us to create top-performing orchards. Raised in our own nurseries to exacting scientific standards, these kiwifruit plants are ready to help you achieve bigger and faster crops, too.
Quality plants, on time

Quality plants, on time

Southern Cross Horticulture has a large network of greenhouses that we use to grow our own juvenile plants. Through our own unique nursery process and our highly controlled environment we deliver plants that are:

  • Very high quality
  • Highly consistent
  • Delivered on time.

These three criteria are critical to orchard development and when kiwifruit plants don’t live up to these standards, this can severely impact on both time to crop and the ultimate yield and capacity of the orchard many years from now.

Our consistently high quality plants help you minimise your risks and produce exceptional results – allowing your orchard development to crop bigger and faster than the industry average.

Expertise in plant science

Creating the right type of environment for plants to thrive and deliver such great results requires more than just the right infrastructure – it depends largely on skills, expertise and experience. That’s why we are proud to have a substantial team of highly trained and seasoned experts to care for our plants. Our specialists cover every aspect of the nursery process, including:

  • Horticultural Science
  • Propagation
  • Seedling care
  • Growing and agronomy
  • Orchard planting strategies.
Expertise in plant science
Perfect growing environment /conditions

Perfect growing conditions

Growing robust and large plants is our speciality. We achieve this through creating the perfect nursery environment. This environment has been arrived at as a result of an exacting process that has taken years to develop and refine. That environment includes controlling:

  • Irrigation and nutrient solutions
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Beneficial biology.

Plants you can rely on

Offering the fastest way to cropping, our grafted kiwifruit plants are available in the variety and rootstock of your choice. We deliver plants of the highest quality, at the right time, to ensure you get the best results.

  • Both Bounty and Bruno rootstocks are available in most varieties including G3, M33, M91, Hayward, and Chieftain. Other cultivars are also available on request.
  • Our potted plants come with a large, healthy root system and are ready to be planted in the orchard immediately.
  • Plants are delivered in large 8-litre pots.
  • On delivery, plants are a minimum of 1 metre high with a graft height of between 50 and 70 centimetres. We ensure graft unions are thick and healthy.
  • All plants are grown indoors to KVH accreditation requirements.
  • We provide planting recommendations tailored to your planting period to help you maximise plant growth.
Plants you can rely on
"Southern Cross Horticulture has displayed a high level of professionalism and reliability in their supply of quality grafted plants."
Peter McBride - Zespri Chairman
"Southern Cross are reliable and dependable producers of consistently good quality grafted plants."
Roy Anderson - Senior Orchard Operations Manager
"We are extremely happy with the service and the quality of plants this year."
Bryan Grafas - Senior Orchard Operations Manager
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