Caledon Valley Nursery prides itself on the production of excellent quality apple trees for the South African producer. The combined contribution of specialized inputs of management and staff, excellent soil quality, the production of trees on virgin soil, summer rainfall, early cold winter conditions and the production of trees under net, permits a supply of excellent quality trees.
In producing a tree, we believe in following a scientific and integrated approach and consult a wide range of experts such as Anton Muller on horticultural matters and crop protection, Nelius Kapp on soil science and Sheila Storey on nematode management.
All land identified for planting is properly surveyed and only the best sections of land are used to propagate trees. Ameliorant adjustments are done accordingly. We focus on the management of nematodes and the analysis of soil and leaf samples to enable continuous adjustments.
There is a strong emphasis on the collection of data to understand seasonal influences and constantly to evaluate ourselves and improve where necessary. Rootstock and bud take data with pre-grading done at specific growth stages enables our sales department to make informed decisions and to ensure reliable supply of our formal orders.
We believe in applied science and monitor our trees closely, making adjustments according to the trees physiological needs. We understand the individual varieties’ response to our climate and adjust our production practices accordingly, whether it involves the timing of budding or the propagation method used.
Tree despatch takes place from middle July until the end of August. Our trees are transported overnight in insulated cold trucks. The trees are carefully loaded and wet straw packed between the trees to maintain the moisture levels within the truck. We have two teams that receive our trees in the Western Cape. They oversee the offloading process, count each order again and attend to the documentation.