Production at Kauri Park is a fast paced sleek operation. Between 9 and 10 million plants are produced each year, the bulk of this planting is done in about 100 working days from 1st October to the 28th February. We use highly automated systems and latest technology to enable this quantity of work to be done in such a short timeframe.

A quality plants starts right at the production phase. At Kauri Park we use a number of different substrates and fertilizers mixed in with our soil to help the plant establish immediately, and longer term (post planting into the landscape).

Take a tour through our production facility with Phil Wearmouth, see the background of growing a healthy, highly resilient plant:

Kauri Park Production Team:

Behind every plant sale is a team of dedicated people working months ahead of the delivery date to ensure the plants are of the best quality and that they are ready in time.

Trying to show our production team as they are going about their daily tasks is not easy. These guys and girls are busy and humans become rather shy when a camera lens is hanging around.

It’s 6:30am and Royston (left) is setting out the plan for the day.

6:40am and Donny is loading the hopper that mixes bark, peat and fertilizer for the growing media.

The potting mix is conveyed through the planting machines into trays and then planting robots put the seedlings into each cell.

The trays are loaded onto the nursery trailers.

And taken out onto the weedmat areas in the nursery by the Kubota Squad. This is called “laying out”.

It’s game on. Millions of plants are transported to and from the nursery by the Kubota Squad. The team works at top speed transporting the plants from the production shed out to the weedmat. These guys are super fit. They shift in excess of 50,000 plants every day.

Once the plants are on the weed mat the cycle continues for a few more months. The plants need care to enable them to be delivered to the customer in optimum condition.

Each strip of plants laid out between the nursery roads in the picture below contains around 2,400 plants. This means there is about 100,000 plants in this picture.

… and exactly 2,466,200 plants in this picture.

Our production manager is constantly monitoring shoot growth, root health, moisture content and a whole range of other factors. Each species has its own individual requirements. The production manager’s role demands a large amount of experience. You can’t go and buy a book on how to be an expert production manager. There is no substitute for the years of experience behind some of our team.