|A 40 year review
We at Plant Production Ltd invite
you, our valued client, to join the air of celebration
with joy and expectation of even greater things
to come as we celebrate 40 years of growing and
serving the nations finest nurseries .
Let me turn
the clock back to the 50’s. How did it
With encouragement from his
parents and loving grandmother Richard had his
hand on plants at the early age of nine years,
raising seedlings in his parents back yard, dropping
them off at plant shops on the way to school.
This gave him enough money to build his first
glass house a small lean-too on the side of his
woodshed which gave him hours of endless joy.
School years progressed and his dream to do the
Diploma of Horticulture at Massey became a reality
in 1960. At the completion of his Diploma he
was offered the job in charge of propagation
at Andersons Nurseries
where he worked for seven years. At the same
time building up a small propagation nursery
in his parents large back yard, selling the liners
to large Auckland and Wellington nurseries.
40 years ago along came
Plant Production Ltd.
Richard’s vision of
having his own propagation nursery was fulfilled
the day he decided to go it on his own. He started
full time with a part time employee Gladys a
next door neighbour who could stick an exceptional
number of cuttings per morning. Business increased
at a phenomenal rate and it was soon apparent
that the back yard nursery had to move. After
much searching a block was found in the hills
behind Napier which had an amazing growing climate
High sunlight hours, a North facing aspect, virtually
frost free, some 10 Deg F (in those days) warmer
than the Hastings site on a frosty morning. A
hill slope with great air drainage, that amazed
most visitors, and a climate and growth that
out performed most growing sites in the world.
It is from this site Plant
Production Ltd has supplied some 60 million top
quality liners over the past 40 years.
One of Richard’s passions is collecting
new plants. As he traveled abroad he was fortunate
to meet with many such collecting minded plants
people who shared their new finds with him, many
of these were unique new introductions which
have included Cupressus Blue Ice, discovered
by Richard in hedge seedlings he was growing.
Coleonema Sunset Gold discovered in Sydney while
looking over a propagators back fence at the
first few, then secret stock plants, from Valmar’s.
Then there was widely grown Genista Yellow Imp.
The intrepid hunter bribed the coach driver to
stop for five seconds on the entrance to the
Golden Gate Bridge while knife in hand he whipped
a piece off the side of this little dwarf beauty.
passion for Australian natives has seen many beautiful
plants introduced such as Grevillea Bronze Rambler
PVR , G Pink Pixie, G Drummer Boy, Many Crowea’s,
Eriostemon, Helipterum Paper Cascade PVR , and
latterly finds such as Coprosma Rainbow Surprise
PVR , Coprosma Fireburst PVR , Pittosporum
Silver Pillar PVR , Grevillea
Pink Midget PVR. All
these plants and hundreds more have been part
of the 60 million plants that have helped our
industry grow over the past 40 years.
Growth of Plant Production Ltd. over
the past 40 years
The growing team at Plant
Production Ltd has carefully been built up over
a long period and is now privileged to have some
of the best in the country committed to serving
the nursery sector in all areas. Richard’s
vision of a very strong and stable management
team came to fruition over 10 years ago when
Paul Chadderton joined the team. His excellent
management skills combined with his growing expertise
encouraged Richard to invite Paul into partnership,
a union which has proved to be extremely beneficial
for Plant Production Ltd. Paul now heads the
day to day running of the Company dealing with
customers, growing and staff, aided by the skills
of Paul Treneman as growing manager, while Richard
keeps an eye on servicing the nurseries many
needs, handling the intellectual property side
of the business and assisting many in protecting
their new finds.
One of these success stories is Pittosporum
Golf Ball brought in by a young local grower.
Protected, tested, bulked up and marketed overseas
on his behalf by Plant Production Ltd.
The future of Plant Production
Thanks to all who we have
been associated with.
Our mission statement, here, still holds
What of the future? Plant Production
Ltd has always been an industry leader in innovation,
helping to make our industry exciting and profitable.
We will carry on into the future with
our new developments, be it our new Eskview 16.5
acre flagship stock bed and growing area, our
many new plant introductions, new innovations
and research into better ways to bring you a
The progress of Plant Production Ltd
into the future has been backed by 40 years of
solid planning aided by the excellent people
we have surrounded ourselves with.
It is now timely to pay tribute to our
team of managers, leaders, and staff for giving
excellence, integrity and honesty in all they
do. To pay tribute and honour our customers,
yes and all our many friends who have helped
us on our way in this wonderful industry.
We at Plant Production Ltd thank
you all. Please enjoy our 40th year
with us and have a mighty year.
Richard G. Ware & Paul W.
Directors of Plant production Ltd