Kazimingi Nursery Farm in Ballito now fills 4 hectares, and boasts plants of almost a million plants in hundreds of varieties.
Allan and Lulu were born in Kenya, and they gave the nursery a Swahili name. “KAZIMINGI” which mean “lots of work”, and it certainly has been just that for the last 47 years.
Allan, Lulu and two kids moved out to a barren plot in Marister, Benoni in 1969.
They built a shack around a caravan and planted cut flowers. Their first crop of Gladioli was wiped out by hail. In January 1970 they bought R8-00 worth of ficus and monsteras. Lulu sold them to the neighbours and a business was born.
Allan and Lulu’s plant knowledge was minimal and Lulu read up whatever she could find. Allan stole ideas with his eyes from every nursery on his furniture selling route.
Allan quit his job as a Sales Rep and began to buy and resell plants, mainly to florists and hardware stores. Gradually they extended their range. Their first greenhouse was made from fertiliser pockets nailed to a wooden frame.
The nursery is roughly equidistant between Kempton Park and Benoni, so it was decided to open up a retail outlet in the early 1970’s. There were many trials and tribulations along the way, with the business having to branch out into garden maintenance and landscaping to keep afloat. Kazimingi started growing their own bigger specimen plants when they realised there was a shortage in the market place, concentrating on supplying the retail nurseries with a range of reasonable priced plants. Sample trucks were sent out weekly all over the Gauteng area, with delivery within 48hours. As plant varieties increased, Kazimingi attracted landscapers and they in turn wanted larger specimens and bigger quantities of plants.
The nursery now fills two plots measuring 4 Hectares.
Kazimingi operates a system of satellite growers, with the owners’ daughter Janine producing indigenous trees in Pretoria North, and one other producer in Centurion.
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