Searles is the leading market innovator in the home garden industry
and provides a wide range of exceptionally high quality products
that produce excellent results. Through its extensive research
and development program, a range of high quality products has
been designed specifically to suit Australian climatic conditions
and to provide you, the customer, with only the very best results.
J.C & A.T. Searle Pty Ltd, (commonly referred to as Searles),
is a family-owned and operated company situated in landscaped
country premises on the outskirts of Kilcoy, approximately one
hour's travel north west of Brisbane.
As a family, we are all avid and experienced gardeners and have
been producing potting mixes, composts, organic fertilisers, liquid
fertilisers and gardening products for over 30 years.
HAPPY GARDENING FROM THE SEARLE FAMILY
Searles® garden products are the result of very humble beginnings.
In 1977, a two person team, husband and wife Con and Jenny Searle
started the business Sunshine Coast Organic Fertilisers Distributors'
at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Originally only 5 products were manufactured in clear plastic bags
with wire tied tops. These five products were sold to household
gardeners on the Sunshine Coast. All work was done the hard old-fashioned
way, with a shovel, a wheelbarrow and a Holden Ute. Soon after,
a cement mixer was added to the list. At the time, this was a grand
acquisition and we have kept it still to this day.
1979 saw the commencement of sales to retail garden centers and
nurseries on the Sunshine Coast and these sales eventually spread
to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and as far north as Rockhampton
in Central Qld.
Con & Jenny Searle continued to work solidly as a team, employing
a small number of staff to help them. During this time, Con and
Jenny worked hard to pay for the education of their two sons, Jason
In 1985, Con and Jenny decided to involve both Jason and Ashley
into the business. The family company J.C. & A.T. Searle Pty
Ltd was then formed and took over the business of Sunshine Coast
Organic Fertilisers Distributors and Suncoast Organic Fertilisers.
At this time all of the blending and packaging was performed on
a one acre site at Caloundra.
Over the next five years, the business expanded and grew at a rapid
pace. Many new products were produced and J.C. & A.T. Searle
Pty Ltd was appointed as a distributor of a wide range of home gardening
products. Sales expanded to encompass all of Queensland including
the Far North Qld, Darwin in NT, Western NSW and the North Coast
of NSW from Tweed Heads down to Newcastle.
The operation outgrew the one acre site at Caloundra and at one
stage, was operating from five different sites in the Caloundra
district. Available space ran out. More land was required for the
company to continue to expand and service our valued clients.
Con and Jenny purchased a very large parcel of industrial land at
Kilcoy in Southeast Qld and it was decided to move the operations
from Caloundra to the new Kilcoy site.
The relocation took all of four years to complete. The new site
was engineered and constructed specially to suit our operations.
A very diverse and effective water catchment, tree planting and
dam building scheme was completed which is a major part of our total
environmental management plan. Tree planting saw the reintroduction
of many native bird and animal species onto the manufacturing site
and the dams were stocked with native fish species.
The necessary factories, storage warehouse and office facilities
were built to facilitate an expanding range and demand for Searles®
Today, Searles manufacture and distribute over 4700 individual products
for the home gardener. These products are distributed throughout
the eastern seaboard of Australia and to valued overseas customers.
Searles now employs approximately 75 personnel, including administration,
sales, research, technical, design, production, warehousing and
What began as a two person, five product business complete with
shovel, wheelbarrow and Holden Ute, has grown into a 75 person,
4700 product company with some of the most advanced production,
research and distribution facilities.
All members of the Searle family are very active in the business,
which has allowed Searles to dedicate all its efforts to ensure
all products are of the highest quality, innovative and exceed customer
Searles range of potting mixes, composts, fertilisers and other
garden additives are specially designed to provide extended feeding
for plants to produce beautiful flowers, exhilarating growth and
simply delightful displays.
We are certain your experiences with Searles products will be rewarding
and they are products which you can trust. We also thank you for
supporting a family-owned Australian company.
This website is designed to provide relevant information about our
core range products. Details include what comprises the mix, how
long the fertiliser lasts and other information to allow you to
choose the most suitable product for your needs.
With over 30 years experience in the field of Composting and Blending,
Searles® are leaders in the field of producing premium quality,
innovative products, designed specifically to suit Australian climatic
conditions. Searles® products are of exceptional quality, performance,
value for money and most importantly, they satisfy gardening needs
and still continue to deliver extra benefits.
We are able to produce these products with their benefits due to
our rigorous research and development program plus our composting
and blending expertise.
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Searles has an established and modern On-Site Laboratory, which
is used for conducting a wide range of product analysis, tests,
trials, research and data collation.
- Ashley Searle - the Technical Manager, leads the technical
department and the highly skilled team of University qualified
- Johannes Biala -Bachelor Science (Honors) in Agricultural
Science and Masters of Science in Environmental Protection
We are continually monitoring, testing, conducting trials and
comparing our products to maintain their high performance and
quality. We maintain a constant programme of Research & Development
for the development of new products, technology and advancements
specialising in growing media and plant care. We continually enhance
our products' performance with these new technologies and processes.
One of the most important processes in the development of high
quality products is the composting and blending process. Searles®
have developed our composting and blending process into a science
as well as an art. All composting and blending techniques are
rigorously monitored, tested and carefully observed throughout
the entire process to maintain and develop a premium quality product.
The finished product has many added benefits and qualities, which
when combined, are enormous!
With our composting and blending expertise, we are able to produce
products, which contain specific amounts of composts, humus, humic
colloids and microbial life that can enhance the product beyond
comparison. Not only do they contain nutrients, trace elements
and minerals for immediate plant growth; they also contain a "storehouse"
of reserve nutrients for continued plant growth.
Our special composts contain humus and humic colloids that provide
sites for nutrient storage. This benefits the plant in more than
one way. These nutrients are available for immediate use by the
plant and they can also be stored for later use as the plant requires
more. This enhances the performance of applied fertilisers and
nutrients by providing sites for unused nutrients to be stored
for later use. It also reduces loss of nutrients, which would
normally be due to leaching.
The end result is improved plant growth, improved plant health
and a robust, flourishing garden!
The combined benefits of our composts are enormous. The overall
performance of our products are superbly enhanced with the addition
of specialised additives such as:
Searles Penetraide® Re-Wetting Granules
Robust® Controlled Release Fertiliser
Searles Flourish® Soluble Plant Foods
Water Crystals & Peat Mosses
Zeolite, Trace Elements & Minerals
Once you use a Searles® product, the results stand out for
are always developing and improving our products so as to result
with only the best!