About

Vrone Nurseries was established in 1956 as cut flower and bulb growers for the export market. In 1968 the seedling and bedding plant division was born and Vrone pioneered and shaped this market into what it is today. In the first year we produced 1,960 units, which was sold at 25c each.

Today, we produce well over a million units annually, consisting of flowering plants, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers that come in various packaging shapes and sizes. Due to an increasing interest in consumers to grow their own produce and food gardens, our division called Grow It was born, which now exclusively grow all of our herbs, vegetables and edible plants for the consumer market. We remain exclusive wholesale suppliers and our customer base is predominantly focused on retail garden centres, home stores, chain stores and registered landscapers.

As pioneers and experts in our field, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ideas and varieties to keep up with market trends. Over the past few years we have certainly pushed the envelope. Over a period of time, we developed specific packaging options that were more suitable to larger retail chain stores, whilst still servicing our retail garden centres. With our experience and knowledge gained over the past 65 years we ensure that we deliver the best quality products available in South Africa.

Flowering Bedding Plants

General information about seedling or bedding plants

Whether you have a formally landscaped garden, an English cottage garden, or an indigenous garden, colour always makes for a soul soothing, pop of colour in any garden. Seedlings or bedding plants are very versatile and can be used in large groupings of colour and texture in the garden, be it pastels, or happy vibrant colours. Easy to grow in window boxes, hanging baskets, or garden containers on a patio in smaller suburban gardens. Let your imagination go and use seedlings to edge walkways, colour pockets in rockeries, or garden borders. Our vast range of seedlings will inspire you to create the look you want. Low compact growth, spilling over a beautiful rock, or giving just that little bit of height. There is something for every corner in your garden or patio, no matter how big or small. Have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labour, it is worth it.

Growing tips for Seedlings:

  • Preparation of your flower bed is key. Thoroughly water the area to be planted the day before and add a good layer of compost. Let it sit overnight to slightly dry out before you start working. 
  • When planting seedlings, add superphosphate and bone meal to your flower bed. Like us, seedlings need nutrition to grow in order to give you floral joy.
  • Water well after planting and keep the soil moist in the first couple of days after planting to allow the plants to settle in and then a light morning sprinkling of water every two days or so.
  • Remove and “deadhead” old flowers to encourage more prolific flowering.
  • Important: know your garden. Plant your seedlings in the right position in your garden, know where is full sun, dappled shade or full shade. When planting your new seedlings, refer to the ticket that can be found in your seedling tray and plant them where they will flourish based on their needs.
  • When planting in containers use our Vrone branded Cocopeat potting mix as the coconut fibres retains water and ensures that your soil stays moist to feed the roots. Water when needed.

Vegetables

General information about growing vegetables

Homegrown vegetables or food gardens are not only fast becoming fashion, but also an affordable way to feed the family. Homegrown always tastes and looks better. Vegetables can be grown in containers, or in a small garden. They also make for a beautifully textured look interplanted with seedlings. They can be enjoyed year-round with endless seasonal varieties to keep you growing. In winter:  cabbage, beetroot, radishes, carrots, kale, cauliflower, celery, peppers, spinach and broccoli will fill your pots. In summer you can look forward to aubergine, courgettes, Swiss chard , lettuce, tomatoes, onions, maize (mielies) and green beans. These are all just a quick mention and we have not even touched Autumn or Spring vegetables! Today nearly every imaginable vegetable variety is readily available and in season from your local nursery to plant and enjoy in your own garden year round. Be sure to ask your local nursery what organic pesticides to use for bugs. Go green, go organic.

Growing tips for vegetables:

  • Prepare your vegetable garden with compost, superphosphate and bone meal.
  • Most vegetables like to grow in sunny spots so make sure you choose the right spot in your garden for optimum growth and performance.
  • In suburban gardens make sure that vegetables get morning sun and afternoon shade.
  • Our summer sun is very hot in the afternoons so keep this in mind when placing your containers or preparing the vegetable garden.
  • In winter make sure that your vegetable seedlings get afternoon sunlight, as the sun is very low.  
  • Vegetable seedlings perform best when watered in the morning. Like us humans, they don’t like wet feet when going to sleep.
  • Remember, go green, go organic on pesticides. Ask your nursery specialist for the best products to use.

Herbs

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh herbs picked right from your own garden! They’re so easy to grow, whether in beds, borders, containers or on windowsills. With our full range of plants, growing your own herbs has never been easier. Simply pot them up or plant them in a bed. Herbs can be grown all the year round and will save you buying expensive supermarket produce.

General information about about herbs:

Herbs are so versatile, and one can write book volumes on the array of herbs available on the market today, and its uses. In ancient times, herbs were foraged in the wild and was not common in most households, depending on where in the world you lived. In Europe for example, it was only from the 14th century, when trade between east and west was established, that “new” herbs were discovered. To this day, herbs are used for a variety of culinary, medicinal, flavouring, garnishing, and in some cases spiritual uses. Herbs are not to be mistaken for spices. Herbs are commonly known for its leafy, green, or flowering parts, and is used in its fresh form in cooking or other uses. Spices on the other hand are usually dried and produced from other parts of the herb plant, including seeds, bark, root and fruits all making for its own unique flavour in our modern world cooking.

Tips for growing herbs:

  • Prepare your containers with rich potting soil (Vrone’s Cocopeat potting soil is perfect) and add superphosphate and bone meal when planting your herb seedlings.
  • Unlike vegetables some herbs prefer shady spots, like mint prefer moist woodland micro climates.
  • Sun loving herbs include basil, coriander, dill, celery, rosemary, thyme and oregano.
  • Mediterranean herbs like lavender and rosemary, need to be planted in a half potting soil and half river sand mixture for drainage as they hail from arid regions on the Mediterranean. They also need full sun to perform at their best.
  • Herbs that grow well indoors include chives, mint, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme.