About us

Straathof's Building Newtown

In 1952 Cornelius Augustinus Straathof, better known as Kees, opened up a small seed and bulb company in Johannesburg. The family business is now in its third generation, headed by Kees’ daughter, Marlaen Straathof, and her son Sean Goldfain. 

Straathof’s is one of the largest speciality seed and plant companies in Southern Africa, specialising in flower and vegetable seed as well as plugs and cuttings. This means using only the highest quality and offering the best range and service. To be the best requires us always to have the leading edge and to be one step ahead of the competition.

In 2001 Ball Horticultural Company of the U.S.A and Straathof’s joined forces, to ensure even better genetics, quality, and service to the South African industry. This gives Ball Straathof the opportunity to draw knowledge and experience from a large pool of expertise from some of the best in the industry.

Our retail brand, Kirchhoffs, has been the gardener’s partner in South Africa for more than 100 years. Established in 1896, the eye catching seed packets are still a favourite, available in  garden centres and stores nationwide. There is a large range of flower, vegetable, herb, lawn, and Kirstenbosch indigenous seeds available to the home gardener.

But let's go back a bit again - from his little store in Johannesburg, Kees Straathof developed and grew the business including establishing his brand Gro-Pak in 1969. Gro-Pak came to represent quality and innovation and we are immensely proud to continue his tradition in 2020 with a range of seed specifically sourced for your success. 

Our promise to you is:

  • Great customer service
  • Technical support, including our own growing experience with seedlings
  • Amazing products that help you grow delicious produce

Contact us if you'd like to chat or find out more about our superior range of products, we're happy to help.