Sutherland Seedlings offers over 300 varieties of vegetable seedlings, grown according to a customer’s planting schedule. Tray options include the industry standard M200 plug, as well M128S and the Ellepot 128S tray. For information on vegetable varieties, please contact a member of the management team or your local seed representatives.
Vegetable Production Guidelines
For useful articles; production guidelines; crop budgets and more – please visit our Resources Page.
Please allow the following growing periods when placing an order. Sutherland Seedlings believes a seedling grown at a slower, steady pace produces a sturdier, healthier seedling. For this reason, orders need to be placed well in advance. A discounted ‘order price’ is offered to customers who confirm orders well in advance.
|Lettuce; Green Mielies||5||6|
|Capsicums (Chilli’s; Peppers)||8||12|
Sutherland Seedlings usually have a limited amount of excess seedlings available. For an availability list, please contact the sales staff early in the week to avoid disappointment. They will also be able to provide our most up to date price list. For more information regarding seedling varieties please visit our Resources Page.
Expansion in the forestry sector has been inhibited by both land and permit constraints and this has shifted the focus to achieving the highest possible yields per unit of land. This can be done by matching the best species to the growing site; making use of the best genetic material available for that species; buying quality seedlings and adopting the best silvicultural practices when planting. The guide below ensures you give your trees the best possible start!
Take into account the following when choosing a species:
More information, including a site-species matching table, is available for download on the Resources Page.
Tray Model 128
Tray Model 98
Tray Model 128 (Deep)
|Plug Volume (ml)||
|Plug Depth (mm)||
|Advantages:||Cheaper seedlings & transport||Improved field survival||Increased plug volume, but not as expensive as the M98.|
|Proven track record||Higher MAI/ha|
|Shorter seedling production time||Better nursery holdability|
|Disadvantages:||Higher transplant stress||Higher seedling cost||Tap root easily bent due to the plug shape|
|Higher blanking requirements||Higher transport cost|
|Less holdability in nursery||Trays are heavier to handle when planting|
Nursery growing periods for seedling orders placed:
|SPECIES||MODEL 128||MODEL 128 DEEP||MODEL 98|
|WATTLE||3.5 months||3.5 months||4 months|
|EUCALYPTUS SPECIES||3.5 months||3.5 months||4 months|
|PINUS ELLIOTTII & GREGGII||5 months||5 months||6 months|
|PINUS PATULA||7 months||7 months||8 months|
* If seedlings are required before the above growing periods, enquire about the availability of extra seedlings
Sutherland Seedlings strives to source the best genetic material available to the industry. The nursery works closely with most major forestry companies in South Africa.
Sutherland Seedlings has partnered with NCT Co-operative and the CSIR to produce E.grandis X E.nitens (GN) and E.grandis X E.urophylla (GU) cuttings.
These clones have been extensively trialled by NCT and have shown yield improvements of up to 30%, when planted on the correct site. Micro-hedges are housed in greenhouses so that all year round production is possible and the tip cuttings are rooted in heated greenhouses to improve the rooting percentage.
For the past three years the nursery has been bulking up their hedges and commercial quantities are now available on order. For more information on eucalyptus clones and their deployment, contact any member of the management team at Sutherland Seedlings.
Sutherland Seedlings has an extensive offering of indigenous and fruit trees. All fruit trees sold are grafted and certified by industry associations. At present all trees are sold in a 10 Litre plastic bag, and the nursery prides itself on supplying uniform, quality trees with a vigorous root system.
A wide variety of indigenous trees are grown, suited to various climates. For more information on these products visit our Resources Page. For nationwide delivery options, contact a member of the management team.
Sutherland Seedlings launched a state-of-the-art Avocado Nursery in 2020, based near East London, South Africa. The nursery is focused on the propagation of clonal avocado trees for Southern Africa.
The nursery is managed according to the following principles:
The following cultivars are available for order, subject to budwood availability:
The following rootstocks are available for order, subject to budwood availability:
The nursery has invested in the Ellepot Propagation System
The paper pot technology has the following benefits:
Sutherland Seedlings is audited annually by SAAGA and the Avocado Nursery Association (ANA) to ensure the nursery meets industry quality requirements.
Sutherland Seedlings ANA Certificate can be downloaded here
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Sutherland Seedlings KZN has partnered with Ellepot South Africa to supply the KZN market with ready-to-use Ellepots.
The production centre has a range of machinery to produce diameters from Ø15mm – Ø120mm
With such flexibility in the Ellepot size, the best fit for your plants is always available.
A range of trays are available for Ellepots with diameters Ø15mm – Ø120mm. The range includes long life injection moulded trays, as well as thermoform and polystyrene tray options.
For more information on Ellepot Trays – please follow this link
Ellepot has a large range of papers that caters for any crop or enviroment.
For more information on the Ellepot Paper Range, please follow this link
Ellepot South Africa has a range of substrate blends with various pH, EC, WHC and AFP characteristics. Most substrates are made up with various grades of coconut coir, peat, perlite and composted bark. For large orders, custom substrate blends can be provided
Production Centre orders are placed with Ellepot South Africa
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