PO Box 123 (120 Eumungerie Road)
NARROMINE NSW 2821
Ph: (02) 6889 2111
Fax: (02) 6889 2500
Mobile 0427 253 165
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- David Cliffe, Managing Director
- Alex Cliffe, Operations Manager
Misthouse, Greenhouse and Cuttings at Narromine Transplants
David Cliffe, Managing Director
David Cliffe has been involved in horticulture for 35 years within the seed
and nursery industry.
For twenty years, David worked for the Yates Seed Group, as a field officer
and parent seed production manager at Griffith, Dubbo, Narromine, Ayr and the
Ord River, then as Farm Manager of the Dubbo and Narromine research stations.
The amalgamation of two of Yates Seeds research stations into a single entity
at Narromine and the first manager of that station. In 1988, he left Yates
to work as General Manager of Australian Plantations, Australia's first large
scale Tea Tree plantation, based at Lismore NSW. Following this he spent a
brief period as manager at Lockyer Seedling Producers before returning to Narromine
as managing director and owner of Narromine Transplants in 1992.
In 2002 the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia gave David an Award of Honour,
followed in 2004 by Life Membership. He was also bestowed with an Award of
Honour by the International Plant Propagators Society in 2006.
Alex Cliffe, Operations Manager
Alex Cliffe joined Narromine Transplants in 2007. His role is to manage seedling
and vegetative propagation operations and logistics.
Narromine Transplants is an industry leader in cutting propagation
and clonal development.
We have strong ties with clonal producers in South America who are
leading the world in clonal development and cutting propagation. Our
innovative propagation techniques are modelled on world best practice,
but modified to produce robust product under Australian conditions.
Cuttings are taken from stock plants and set in 512 cell trays. They
are transferred to the final container at around six weeks.
We propagate cuttings from clones originating in South America, mainly
Eucalyptus grandis X Eucalyptus camaldulensis hybrids, and from material
provided by clients. We have also worked extensively to perfect vegetative
propagation of several Corymbia hybrids.
We have recently expanded our clonal operations to include the propagation
of containerised grafted fruit trees using methods which will reduce
the usual waiting period involved with inground fruit tree production.
We're also developing cutting-edge techniques in the rescue and creation
of new clones for commercial forestry.
Production of forestry seedlings at Narromine Transplants starts with
the use of modern seed technology in conjunction with precision seeding
An intermediate "plug" stage allows for single seeding and
transfer of seedlings to the final container without the damage to
root systems that traditional "pricking in" can cause. A
high degree of uniformity is also experienced with this method of propagation.
Around 90% of our seedling production is undertaken using seed provided
by customers, which is mostly sourced from seed orchards. Seed is sown
into 512 plug trays and transferred either manually or by machine,
at about six weeks of age into the final container.
The time of production of seedlings varies with season and species
but is usually from 14 to 20 weeks.
Narromine Transplants specialises in the production of eucalyptus
and other native species for forestry. However, we have extensive experience
with crops as diverse as tobbaco, tomatoes, capsicum, curcurbits, asparagus,
potted colour, lettuce and many others.
For orders in excess of 40,000 Narromine Transplants offers a delivery
service using the company's own trucks. These are fitted with air suspension
to minimise in-transit damage and are equipped with a unique bin system
which can be off-loaded in the field using a truck mounted crane.
For orders under 40,000, delivery can be negotiated.
The nursery offers an unloading service but does not become involved
in transplanting operations, with the majority of customers engaging
professional planting contractors to carry out this task.
Narromine Transplants has always been innovative in its approach to
producing the best quality planting material available.
Our innovations include:
- Introducing Speedling® trays into Australia from South Africa specifically
for use in forestry.
- Adopting the Hiko V93, 40 cell
forestry seedling tray which has now become the de facto standard
for most Australian forestry companies.
- Producing the first containerised
forestry seedlings for sale to Australian Forest Industries at
Myrtleford, Victoria in 1995.
- Developing a system using sophisticated
sowing machinery along with the use of 512 cell plug cells, to
ensure high rates of germination and seedling uniformity.
- Developing techniques for the successful
propagation of clonal material - our technique is unique worldwide,
and has set the standards for clonal forestry production in Australia.
- Developing clonal rescue techniques
for commercial forestry for the rescue and creation of new clones
from the field.
- Use of mechanical transplanters
to reduce our seasonal workforce and cost to clients.
Developing seed treatment techniquies to ensure standardised germination periods.