Our History of Delivering Quality Plants
The nursery was originally known as The Holland Bulb Company of Australia specialising in the production of gladioli. Chrysanthemums were introduced in the 1960s and completely replaced bulbs during the 1970s. Ormandy Plants Pty. Ltd. purchased the nursery in 1980 and soon after established a tissue culture laboratory for internal use. Its purpose was to maintain and generate virus indexed mother plants for the cutting nursery.
The opportunity to maintain and generate other types of clean plants soon became apparent and the laboratory was expanded to meet the demand for such products as potatoes, pyrethrum, eucalypts, and many more. In 1986 the company commenced trading as CleanGROW to better represent the nature of the business. CleanGROW specialises in commercial horticultural crops particularly berries and fruit rootstocks.
Economies of scale do not apply to a laboratory where careful, exacting work is more important than speed. And so other cost saving procedures have been developed that brings the company’s product within the price range of most growers. CleanGROW pioneered the use of gamma radiation as a means of low cost sterilisation of containers and implements for use in plant tissue culture. Unique purpose-built equipment is also a means of reducing production costs. CleanGROW has growth rooms with a capacity of over 500,000 cultures at any one time. Sub culturing capacity and deflasking facilities, including climate controlled misting areas, allow for more than 2 million plants to be produced each year direct from tissue culture.