The late Mark Chaning-Pearce started CPS SEEDLINGS in 1985 at Cato Ridge. It then moved to its present location in 1988. Mark’s son Julian joined the business in 1992 and Adrian in 1998. So what started as a small one-man business is now one of the largest and fastest growing commercial nurseries in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The family business's main objective was to provide a personal service to customers related to their name of CPS; Care, Price, Standards.
CPS Seedlings has been ISO Certified since 2002. We were the first privately owned nursery in South Africa to achieve this Certification. Seedling Growers Association of Southern Africa
We conform to the SGASA Certification Standards. This is a South African Industry Certification which is still amongst the best in the world
Quality Policy Statement
The Directors, Staff and Employees of CPS SEEDLINGS are dedicated to ongoing provision of product and service that consistently exceeds CUSTOMER requirements and expectations.
We are therefore totally committed to the implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of a Quality Management System that conforms to the ISO9001: 2015 Code of Practice. In addition, SGASA (Seedling Growers Association of SA) accreditation is maintained to the highest industry standards.
The aim of the implemented Quality Management System is to achieve continual improvement regarding service levels, quality of product and productivity.
As a company we are also committed to satisfy all applicable business, legal and regulatory requirements as well as applicable contractual obligations.
Provision will be made during annual Management Review for review and establishment of measurable Quality Objectives.
Achievement of these Quality Objectives will be monitored and continually improved on.
As the business has grown, non-family members have been brought in, but the CPS objectives still stand. We care about our customers; we keep a competitive price structure and we continually look at standards.
Market Leaders in the production of quality vegetable and timber seedlings to the commercial farmers throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal
Users of a tried and tested growing medium personally developed over the past 25 years
Suppliers of vermiculite and growing medium to other major nurseries
The dedicated, experienced and hands-on management team at CPS Seedlings takes care in every stage from seed to delivering transplant-ready seedlings to ensure the customer receives top quality timber and vegetable seedlings. The team is readily available to offer technical advice and a back-up service for the farmer. We use a secure information system to ensure customer information confidentiality.
CPS seedlings are delivered all over South Africa by our own reliable, satellite monitored fleet of trucks insuring that your seedlings are transported with care and delivered on time. There are holding nurseries conveniently situated for ease of collection of seedlings by our timber customers
All species and varieties of commercially planted timber are grown from the best
genetic seed available. Seedlings are grown to order to suit the customers planting
schedule, season, climate and soil type.
• Eucalyptus Clones
CPS Seedlings produce G x N, G x U and S x U clones which are developed in
conjunction with NCT and the CSIR.
CPS Seedlings currently produces 65 million vegetable seedlings per annum, having started in 1985, as well as having vegetable farmed ourselves, we are well equipped to be able to advise on the best varieties, farming techniques and marketing strategies.
In today’s economic climate and the literally thousands of varieties on offer, we understand the importance of the correct choice one needs to make in selecting a variety for your crop. CPS Seedlings works closely with all seed companies, ensuring only the best quality seed, is used and we pride ourselves in keeping up to date with the latest varieties, supplying the customer with an independent opinion on what would best suit your area, farm and selected market.
By only producing seedlings to order, we are not only able to give our customers the best quality seedlings, but also insure that, by following our very own certified management system, we are able to deliver consistently high quality seedlings on time, every time.
CPS Seedlings management team will assist you in putting together a highly effective and precise planting program that will give you a competitive edge.
In order to minimize disease, hygiene is a high priority at CPS Seedlings. All trays, racks and crates are sterilized before they are used. The seedlings begin their life in sterile germination rooms. They are then grown on raised wire and post tables to avoid ground contamination. We also make use of carefully selected chemicals in our disease and pest control system.
Each seedling is traceable from seed purchase, through the growing process to delivery for easy identification of areas that need to be improved.
CPS seedlings are protected by more than 10 hectares of tunnels and shade netting. This provides protection from extreme environmental conditions of temperature and events such as hail. Many of our tunnels can be heated for a controlled winter environment.
CPS Seedlings has developed an in-house recipe over the past 25 years, consisting of coir, vermiculite and specialist pre-enrichment fertilizers. This mix is especially formulated for growing seedlings
CPS Seedlings exfoliates it's own vermiculite, using specially designed equipment to reduce the dust levels, thereby improving the drainage in the finished medium.
We are agents for Nitrosol Liquid Fertilizer in KZN. We have used Nitrosol exclusively in our nursery environment for the past 20 years, therefore have enormous experience in it's use. Please contact us for advise on transplanting application.
Priority List for Land and Crop Corrections
- Crop Rotation, Green Manure and Cover Crops
- Soil Preparation (Compaction and Weed Control)
- Gypsum, Calcitic Lime and Dolomitic Lime
- Irrigation (Correct scheduling, avoiding over watering)
- Responsible use of Chemicals.
- Organic Bulk Compost
- Organic and Chemical Compounds
- Liquid compost, Humics and Fulvics
- Foliar Feeds