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Technology & innovation

At McGrath Nurseries we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of technology and innovation in the business of growing fruit trees, introduction of new fruit varieties, and innovative methods of adding value, all in an effort to provide the best service to our clients.

Improved methods of growing fruit trees:

Our drive for continuous improvement has moved McGrath Nurseries to be leading innovators in the production of quality fruit trees.  From the very beginning in the 1980's when the nursery introduced ultra low-volume spraying, we have continuously improved our systems and machinery to be ahead of the curve.  

We work with leading researchers and chemical companies to continually improve our use of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilisers, and to reduce our environmental impact.  The changes in the past 40 years have been phenomenal as we have moved from organochlorine and organophosphate insecticides to integrated pest control and from broad spectrum fungicides to elicitor technology.  Our view of the soil has changed from a 'potting medium' to that of a living organism.  We have been at the forefront of these changes all of the way. 

Our nursery was the first nursery to fully adopt chip budding, advanced scientific methods of feathering, and color coding of trees along many other innovations.

Selection, development and introduction of new fruit varieties:

Varieties introduced by GPVA, our Intellectual Property Development partner, have significantly changed the shape of fruit growing in New Zealand.

McGrath Nurseries was the first nursery to rigorously reselect stone fruit varieties.  The packout gains from our selections have proven to be significant to our clients/growers over time.

Through GPVA, in 1989 we became actively involved in the importation and promotion of varieties, including Honeycrisp, Sentennial®, Starletta® and Sweet Valentine®.

McGrath Nurseries/GPVA was the prime mover in the evaluation, introduction and eventual commercial development of the CG rootstocks in New Zealand. We saw the need for dwarfing, woolly apple aphid, phytophthora and fireblight resistant rootstocks. number of selections were introduced and a text book style multidisciplinary cooperation between science and commercial interests was used to carefully evaluate the rootstocks and eventually release Geneva® 202 in 2006“”. The commercial license is shared with Waimea Nurseries. Geneva® 202 currently enjoys about 40% market share in New Zealand.  These rootstocks give both environmental and commercial benefits to our clients and the country.

Innovative methods of adding value:

McGrath Nurseries grows and produces trees for a number of controlled varieties including Envy™, Honeycrisp, Jazz™, KORU®,  Gilmac, Mike's Early®, Rocket®, Sentennial®, Starletta®, Sweet Valentine®, and Tarzi®.

Better service to our clients 

Growing the highest quality trees, of the best varieties, and innovative marketing methods, all combines for McGrath Nurseries 2019 Ltd to provide the best overall service to you, our clients.

Few organizations worldwide bridge the knowledge base of nursery production and propagation, plant varieties, fruit production and fruit marketing with the depth, skill and passion of Mcgrath Nurseries 2019 Ltd.

Our passion for improvement through technology and innovation continues as the nursery moves forward.

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