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The 'Tractor Seat' Plant (Ligularia reniformis)
November 1 2017
Growing Spectrum has been growing this outstanding large leafed, structural plant for the last couple of years. A distinctive clumping plant Ligularia reniformis produces glossy leaves which truly look like a tractor seat, a fantastic accent plant for woodland or shady areas of the garden.

Our plants on the nursery look fabulous again this year and will be sent out to garden centres in the North Island this month.


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Argyranthemum Daisies
October 1 2017
Our popular selection of pretty daisies are now being sent into Garden Centres for spring. This new breeding of daisies are quick and very easy to grow, are great for filling in gaps in well-established gardens or planted with perennials, roses and annuals.

Plant them into virtually in any well drained soil in a sunny spot and they will flower for months. A little light pruning of the flower heads when finished encourages the plants to re-flower and become stronger growing.


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Gardeners love affair with Hydrangeas
September 1 2017
Over the last few years, these beautiful flowering shrubs have become a favourite with gardeners. Given the right position hydrangeas are easy to grow.

To maintain the colour it is as simple as applying the correct fertiliser, for pink hydrangeas add dolomite lime, blue hydrangeas aluminium sulphate, white require neutral soil. Although hardy and easy to grow they do require pruning by about a third late autumn through to midwinter, with most varieties rewarding gardeners with a display of beautiful flowers in early November.

One of Growing Spectrums speciality crops are our lovely range of hydrangeas which are now ready to send out to garden centres for their spring sales.


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Spring is the time of plans and projects
August 1 2017
With the long-awaited signs of spring slowly appearing at the Nursery we are all gearing up for the busy period ahead.

The early flowering evergreen Magnolia is truly beautiful with its lush green leaves and large scented white flowers, and there is nothing more delightful than seeing the odd clumps of daffodils starting to burst into flower.


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Deciduous Trees for 2017
July 1 2017
A busy couple of months ahead for Growing Spectrum as we begin to process hundreds of new seasons deciduous trees. To ensure these trees are ready on time for Garden Centres to sell to their customers the processing of trees will be our full focus for the next six weeks.


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Lavender Ghostly Princess
June 1 2017
Early frosts and signs of an early winter are certainly evident at Growing Spectrum. The Lavender Ghostly Princess crop, a new release for spring looks stunning covered with frost. Ghostly indeed!

Our gallery photos show a peak of what Lavender Ghostly Princess will look like in flower this spring.


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Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
May 1 2017
May is a busy time at our large nursery in Pirongia which produces Growing Spectrums extensive range of field grown deciduous trees and shrubs.

Work is well underway with the first process of lifting trees and shrubs from the field in preparation for our production nursery to start bagging and dispatching these plants to Garden Centres for retail sales.

The first stage in processing field grown plants is to undercut the roots while they are still in the field. This involves cutting the taproot and any deep roots with a large blade which results in the plant forming a fibrous root system which then makes it easier for the plant to establish itself when replanted into the home garden.

Our May photo gallery shows recent photos of plants which have been undercut and are resting in the field ready for processing which will take place in May and June.


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Buxus Sempervirens
April 1 2017
With the change of the season slowly creeping in, it brings with it fresh new crops on the nursery ready to send to garden centres for autumn sales. Currently our staff on the nursery have been busy processing the first of our open ground grown Buxus plants for 2017.

Buxus are a favourite plant with gardeners for use in the garden as a topiary specimen or as a hedge. They are one of Growing Spectrum's crops which have a long production cycle. From the initial stage of taking cuttings to the finished product ready for sale it takes four years, a special plant indeed.


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Producing Our Plants From Tissue Culture
March 1 2017
With autumn rapidly approaching we are well underway with production of not only our spring plants for 2017 but planning our 2018 crop production.

At Growing Spectrum our Propagation Team have been working hard to process the thousands of minute plants that come to us as tissue culture plants at this time of year.

Tissue Culture is a technique where cells or pieces of tissue are taken from the original mother plant in laboratories, which are then grown under sterile conditions where they form tiny plants identical to the ‘mother’ plant.

When these plants are ready they are sent to growers who carefully process them through various stages of production until they are ready for sale. This process that can take up two years to produce beautiful plants ready for us to supply into garden centres and then into your garden!


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New Year New Look!
February 1 2017
Growing Spectrums sales vans have had a fabulous new make-over featuring many of the plants we grow. Our vans have certainly been noticed and admired by other road users and what a pleasant view if stuck on the motorways.


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The Princess Lavender
January 1 2017
The production of plants never stops at Growing Spectrum and for the next few months, we are potting thousands of plants in preparation for next spring.

Our popular Lavenders, a favourite with gardeners during spring are well underway.


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