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When world peace was reestablished in 1945, two young Hollanders were finally able to realise a long-cherished dream.

To settle in South Africa and grow fine flower bulbs… the rest is history

Floor Barnhoorn - Founder

Hadeco Hippeastrum are unique and superior to all others. Pride in offering the highest quality possible is central to the Hadeco Philosophy and we look forward to continue introducing exciting new cultivars to you in the future. 

 

 

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How it all started

When world peace was re-established in 1945, two young Hollanders were finally able to realise a long cherished dream – to settle in South Africa and grow fine flower bulbs.

Floor Barnhoorn and Harry de Leeuw were self-made men. Both had left school at the age of 14 to earn their livings by selling bulbs for growers. Their 18 hour days finished with evening classes in English and bookkeeping. Keen, alert and full of drive, they brought their flower bulb expertise and newly acquired language and accounting skills to South Africa in 1946 and established the company that is today known as Hadeco.

They first planted fast growing gladioli for cut flowers and corms – to generate some much needed cashflow, before branching out into other crops. The early days were not easy. The first bulb store was a second hand army tent and staff sometimes had to wait patiently for their wages.

Floor looked after production and the nursery, while Harry travelled the country, towing an old caravan; gradually developing a market for flower bulbs, which were virtually unknown at the time.

From these humble beginnings, Hadeco has grown into one of the largest organisations of its kind in the world, without losing sight of the original partners’ obsession with excellence, reliability of supply and genuine concern for customer satisfaction. These values are an integral part of Hadeco’s culture.

Managed today by direct descendants of founder Floor Barnhoorn, Hadeco is an international leader in the breeding, raising, growing and worldwide distribution of flower bulbs, fresh cut flowers and laboratory- in- vitro produced plant material.

Traditionally a wholesale bulb grower, Hadeco began expanding its cut flower division in the mid 1970’s and in 1980 a tissue culture and meristem laboratory was established. In 1980 the Company began marketing the Hadeco name on its home-grown range of more than 45 kinds of bulbs ranging from Allium to Zephyranthes  and over 40 types of cut flowers. Current annual sales total over 100 million bulbs and 40 million flower stems. Other, related products are also marketed.

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Elephants for Africa is dedicated to enhancing human-wildlife coexistence in rural farming communities. One of the most rapidly growing threats to elephants is competition for resources…

Conducting research on African elephants is vital to their conservation, since it helps us to understand their behaviour, resource requirements and responses to changing environmental conditions.

The EFA education program seeks to improve the long-term survival of elephants and the quality of life of local communities by creating capacity-building opportunities for local youth leading to increased employment into the wildlife sector…

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Elephants for Africa is dedicated to enhancing human-wildlife coexistence in rural farming communities. One of the most rapidly growing threats to elephants is competition for resources…

Conducting research on African elephants is vital to their conservation, since it helps us to understand their behaviour, resource requirements and responses to changing environmental conditions.

The EFA education program seeks to improve the long-term survival of elephants and the quality of life of local communities by creating capacity-building opportunities for local youth leading to increased employment into the wildlife sector…

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