Case study: Heyne's Wholesale Nursery, Australia

Established Australian nursery, Heyne's Wholesale Nursery, uses Osmocote Exact to maximise the saleability of its stock.

Garry and Carl Heyne with ICL rep David Franklin
Garry and Carl Heyne with ICL rep David Franklin

Leading by example, Australia’s renowned family-run nursery, Heyne’s Wholesale Nursery, reveals that the innovative dibbling technique helps fine-tune its use of Osmocote Exact.

Heyne’s Wholesale Nursery was first established in 1869, and is said to be the oldest registered nursery in Australia. Five generations of Heyne’s have contributed to make it one of the best production nurseries in Australia and a nursery that is always looking to the future.

In the early 1980s, the company moved to its current Burton site in the north of Adelaide. It enabled Garry Heyne to plan a site designed specifically as a production nursery and to this day it shows how much efficiency can be gained by a good layout. Around ten years ago they took a further step towards improved efficiency and installed the latest Demtec potting system.

Whilst Garry is still involved every day it’s the younger generation and Garry’s children Carl, Adam and Sarah who now run the day-to-day operation of the business. Carl Heyne talks about the advantages gained from the automated potting system.

 "We have found that we have reduced the labour and time it takes to get stock on the ground. The time we save can be better utilised by our staff in different ways around the nursery. Dibbling has also enabled us to fine-tune the Osmocote Exact product we use. We vary the longevity and analysis by crop, ensuring that we optimize the growing time and maximise the saleability of every batch. Over the years, we have made lots of modifications to the dibbling equipment, we are now even looking at applying pre-emergent inline, saving us even more time."

David Franklin, ICL Specialty Fertilizer’s regional sales manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, adds that the firm’s use of Osmocote Exact gives the growers peace of mind:

"Like many Australian nurseries Heyne’s is a very diversified nursery business growing hundreds of different plant and tree species. Ormamental stock for retail, along with mass-produced landscape and revegetation stock lines, dictate that simplicity and consistency of the nutrition supplied is key.

"For much of the production Carl and his team choose to use a mid- to long-term 8-9M longevity in a premium quality Osmocote Exact because it offers safety and controlled release over what can be a very extreme climate – as well as batch-to-batch consistency of product. Using Osmocote Exact provides the grower with comfort that the product will do what it states it will do and in doing so will also allow for shelf life in the landscape or retail environment. "

Heyne’s Wholesale Nursery is arguably a perfect example of a pioneering nursery family. Innovation, coupled with a desire to grow stock more efficiently, is the mainstay of the business and sure to keep Heyne’s at the forefront of the Australian nursery industry.

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