Bulbs are a true reflection of all that is majestic in nature, they nurture us, body and soul. Hadeco believes in making these bulbs as easily accessible as possible and bringing colour and joy into your garden. With our obsession with excellence, reliability of supply and genuine concern for customer satisfaction, you’re at the right place to the right people to get your garden blooming beautifully.
Who We Are
Hadeco is a family business
and now in the hands
of the third generation of bulb growers
We believe in the joy of gardening
From humble beginnings...
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 cash flow, before branching out into other crops. The early days were not easy. The first bulb store was a secondhand 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.
Floor and Harry identified Hippeastrum as an important crop and concentrated much effort on hybridising vigorous cultivars specifically for potting. The hybrids they produced were soon recognised worldwide as exceptional.
From our Farm to your Garden
To provide you with an abundance of bulb varieties Hadeco’s operations are spread over 7 farms across the Highveld of South Africa. We support other local producers of flower bulbs and other plants around the country. We are fiercely focused on improving our sustainability and our farms form part of the surrounding landscapes, blending in with nature and adding a wide range of colours to an already beautiful South African landscape.
For certain bulbs that need climate zones not offered in SA, we import bulbs from the best producers in the world and familiarise the bulbs to southern African conditions.
Everything your garden need all in one place
Hadeco doesn’t stop at bulbs. We are partnered with many leading brands that every gardener needs, Chrysal and Pokon.
Chrysal is an industry leader in keeping your flowers and plants stronger and healthier with blooms looking fresher for longer.
With the right nutrition, all plants can thrive. Pokon has a range to ensure you give all your plants from indoor plants, herbs, vegetable gardens and even your lawn all the nutrients they require. Their range truly has everything your garden needs and Hadeco is proud to distribute it straight to you.
Did somebody say pots?
With one of the biggest ranges of pots in the southern hemisphere. Hadeco ensures that all our customers, garden centres and nurseries can find the perfect pot they need.
From our ever-expanding range of ceramics to the favourite terracotta we have the perfect pot for you big or small.
Farming for the future
Conventional farming strips nutrients and minerals from the soil meaning more fertilisers and chemicals are needed to keep the same results consistent year after year.
Hadeco is a proud member of Farming For The Future. Focusing on healthy soil allows us to have less water runoff, use fewer chemicals on our farms and lessen the impact we have on our soil and help to create healthy biodiversity around our farms in and above the soil.
Shipped straight to your door
As a family business, we care for each and every order placed with us. We take great pride in creating a bespoke and personal service for our customers, no matter where in South Africa you are based.
Our online store was created to help supply bulbs to the farthest-reaching areas of South Africa and it continues to do so.
No matter where you are, we will help get you your bulbs. Not only are our bulbs available online but they are also available at any garden centre, nursery or retailer near you.
If you’re not sure where to find out bulbs, just send us an email or give us a call and we’ll let you know straight away. You can reach out to us at email@example.com
Hadeco has grown into one of the largest flower bulb growers 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. Efforts in hybridising and developing Hadeco amaryllis are always increasing and unparalleled elsewhere in the world.
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-invitro produced plant material.
Our offering continues to be refined and improved and we are driven to provide our customers with the best in class flower bulbs, customer service and aid in gardening knowledge.
All the help you need
With over 75 years of experience, 7 farms, generations of knowledge and a high regard for family values. Hadeco is here for everyone. If you need assistance with landscaping ideas, where and how to plant your bulbs or if there are any concerns within your garden, all you need to do is reach out and we’ll provide you with world-class gardening advice.