Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nursery Growing Strong; Third Generation Carries on Tradition

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nursery Growing Strong; Third Generation Carries on Tradition

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Byline: Valerie and Gerry Zwart

I'M SURE everyone from backyard gardeners to the professional nursery industry will be happy to join us in congratulating Pohlmans Nursery on its 40th anniversary.

Val and John Pohlman started with buying a worked-out gravel pit just outside Gatton, supplying the first crop of 4000 healthy tomato seedlings to the Banff family in Coominya in 1976.

Nowadays this family owned nursery is run by their son Rob and three other sons as well as having the third generation of the family also involved in the business.

With exceptional foresight and visits to other countries including Holland, John installed the rolling aluminium table system about 1979 that, with some refinements, is still used today.

And they employ up to 200 people in peak season, supplying more than 1000 retail outlets.

An incredible piece of their history states that in 1988, with a contract to supply thousands of plants to World Expo 88 in Brisbane, a major flood tore through the nursery, wiping out the first order of 3000 plants.

But they picked up the pieces, supplied Expo, and followed that up with 3000 more for each of the following six months.

Pohlmans Nursery is now the largest independently owned wholesale nursery in Queensland, and one of the largest in Australia.

We're proud to know you.

A great shrub

SOME of the shrubs flourishing now include the delightful syzygium cascade, a form of S. australe that has a compact weeping habit, and provides almost continuous flushes of new pink growth that fades to green.

Add to that the delightful clusters of fluffy pink flowers that develop into red berries, and you have a year-round attractive shrub that can be grown in sun or part shade, in well-drained soil that has some moisture retention, and will even grow in soil that is wet for part of the year.

Bird lovers would really be happy to see all their feathered friends appearing to enjoy the nectar it produces, making it a must for us all.

Cascade makes a good dense, tall hedge, as well as a specimen plant, which could be complemented by the eye-catching striped form of dianella - silver streak a tufting plant growing about 60-70cm tall and featuring white and green-striped leaves year-round, with blue flowers in spring and summer. …

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