Lifestyle Home Garden is proud to be associated with Starke Ayres quality products. We share the background of this business.
About Starke Ayres
Founded in 1877, Starke Ayres is an expert vegetable, flower and lawn seed provider. We specialise in breeding our own seed varieties and source only the best available stock from our international suppliers. With our headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are the leading vegetable seed supplier in Africa and preferred international supplier of premium varieties of seed to the professional grower.
At Starke Ayres, our business focuses strongly on after-sales service, assisting farmers to successfully grow products that can be taken to market. In order to do so, we use a network of in-house sales representatives and reputable agents worldwide. Demand for our quality seed has led to the establishment of Starke Ayres in Kenya, Namibia, and Zambia.
Our commitment to quality has resulted in our Quality Assurance Laboratory being accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). Our accredited laboratories have proven their technical competence in carrying out seed testing in accordance with the ISTA Rules and operate an effective quality management system. As a Member Laboratory, Starke Ayres is authorized to issue ISTA Orange International Certificates.
Seed varieties and garden care products for home gardening:
Growing vegetables and herbs, or cultivating a flower garden is easy with Starke Ayres seed varieties and garden care products. Starke Ayres operates in a number of locations around the world, selecting the best possible locations (in terms of climate and growing) to ensure the highest levels of quality and seed production. Starke Ayres ensures that the product reaches the home grower in the best possible condition.
The company has high-end research facilities with the best practice, biotechnology pathology services and infrastructure. It specialises in breeding it’s own varieties and source the best available stock from it’s suppliers internationally. It focuses on broadening its genetic base and product range to provide the new genetics that the market requires.
Starke Ayres’ seed varieties include:
- Vegetable Seeds
- Flower Seeds
- Herb Seeds
- Lawn Seeds
All seeds have been trialed under South African conditions for ease of growing and crop quality. All products have been thoroughly tested under South African conditions.
Making sure that seeds are fresh
Starke Ayres’ modern packaging is created from locally produced high-quality paper, laminated with a technologically advanced foil to ensure the seeds are kept fresh in hermetically sealed packets. This ensures that no moisture or air enters the packet, which enhances seed longevity and viability.
Helping home growers get the best results
The packaging has easy-to-understand pictograms to help home growers plant the seeds correctly. There is also helpful information on the ideal times to sow and the watering requirements of each seed variety.
Saving money on the latest seeds
Starke Ayres’ most popular seed varieties are also available in larger Econopackets. New varieties are added to the range seasonally to ensure that home grower’s always get the most up-to-date varieties.
F1 Hybrid seeds
Farmers and gardeners have been cultivating new plant varieties for thousands of years through selective breeding. This is done by cross-pollinating two different, but related plants creating a new plant variety. This method produces what’s known as F1 hybrid seeds. These hybrid seeds are just as natural as their historic counterparts; they’re still cross-pollinating two different, but related plants. Hybrid seeds are not GMO.
Starke Ayres is GMO free
Starke Ayres does not research, produce or procure any form of genetically modified seed. While our flower seeds are not certified non-GMO all our seed is regulated by the Genetically Modified Organisms Act of 1997 (GMO Act) and its subsidiary legislation. The GMO Act places extensive restrictions on the research, production, and marketing of GMOs. Maize, soybean and cotton represent the only crops where genetically modified (GM) forms have been approved for commercial production in South Africa. Where there is potential for cross contamination, for example with our sweetcorn seed (which could be impacted by nearby GM maize), we do certify our seed as non-GMO in both our, and, in an external accredited laboratory.
Our products can be purchased at all leading garden centres, Checkers, Shoprite, USave, Builders Warehouse, Pick n Pay, SPAR and Makro stores.
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