Products & Techniques

Over 200 different varieties of seedlings - flowers, herbs, and vegetables - are grown at Awapuni Nurseries in the Traditional Value and Pop n Grow ranges. The only difference between the Pop n Grow and Traditional Value Bundle ranges are the way the seedlings are packaged for sale to you – our customer.

The Pop n Grow biodegradable packaging gives the seedlings’ delicate roots added protection making the range perfect for beginner and children gardeners, or anyone who simply wants to guarantee their seedlings will grow.

The Traditional Value bundles are wrapped in recycled newspaper to keep the seedlings moist until planted and the cost down for you – our customer.

For more information on the innovative nursery process for growing all our seedlings see below.

Nursery process

Our seedlings are grown in re-usable plastic trays. The trays are designed to have separate compartments, so plants grow with separate root systems – rather than all tangled together. We put potting mix in the trays and then put them through our innovative seeding machine.

The seeding machine works with compressed air and a vacuum. The seeds are sown with a drum vacuum feeder and then covered with a light covering of sawdust to keep them moist.

The trays are then watered and placed in our germination chamber. Our germination chamber is a refrigerated container, which is moisture, light and temperature controlled.

When the seeds start to germinate, which usually takes from three to 10 days, we move the trays to a bench in our greenhouse.

The plants take from six to 12 weeks to reach a mature enough size to be sold. Their roots need to be well enough formed that they hold the soil in cell together and can be easy planted by our customers.

When the plants are ready for sale, we use a plug popper to push the plants up out of the tray. This is basically a manual foot operated machine, which holds the tray and has small pegs, which pop up and push the plants roots out of the tray.

The Pop N Grow plants are then placed into recycled paper pots with description labels on them, and are ready to go out to the shops.

Prior to their dispatch, we wrap all Traditional Value seedlings in newspaper. This unique method of packaging keeps the seedlings moist until they are planted. Not only is the procedure cost effective, the newspaper is also biodegradable. Awapuni Nurseries is the only seedling company in New Zealand that uses this unique method of packaging. That means if you see seedlings wrapped in newspaper – you can be sure the seedlings are ours. The wrapped bundles pack well and are easily transported throughout New Zealand.

Depending on the type of plant there are either four to nine plants in each Pop n Grow pot or Traditional Value bundle. All plants have their own individual root system, which means they are quite literally guaranteed to grow.