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Introducing our new range of Yates fertilisers to Quality Garden Supplies. 

Yates is an established name in Australian and New Zealand’s gardening rhetoric, and have been for the past 140 years.  Their range of fertilisers, plant and pest protection and water saving solutions has been developed from their love of gardens, big and small.  This guide will tell you all about the Yates legacy and how their products compare to Neutrog and Scotts Osmocote.

Who are Yates?

Yates was founded by Arthur Yates in Auckland back in 1883, an Englishman who, ironically migrated to New Zealand to escape the damp weather of his native Manchester.  Arthur opened his seed business in Auckland that go on to become a renowned name in gardening.

Following a visit to Sydney in 1886, Arthur saw an opportunity to establish a similar enterprise. In 1887, his brother, Ernest, was left to manage the New Zealand seed business and Arthur opened a branch in Hay St, Sydney. In 1906 the two brothers came to an amicable agreement to separate the two companies. This continued until the late 1980s when the two companies joined together again.

By 1893 Arthur had launched his seed packets for home gardeners with ‘Yates Reliable Seeds’ became the company’s catchphrase. It was only a matter of time before the company grew to selling a wider range of products, including fertilisers, sprays, pots, potting mix and tools as well as seeds. With this, Arthur wrote the first Yates Garden Guide, a publication that answered gardeners’ questions that is still published more than 137 years later.

A Guide to the Yates range

Yates offer a wide range of plant protection, garden fertilisers and water saving solutions. They are a great alternative to Neutrog and Scotts Osmocote fertilisers and as you will see from our guide, are available for specific plant groups as well as organic-based, concentrated, and slow-release options.  

Yates Fertilisers

The Yates Acticote range is similar to the Scott’s Osmocote Controlled Release and the Neutrog Pellet based fertiliser range.  It has been designed to give your plants an instant release of nutrients and then to continue feeding for up to 12 months.  The Yates Acticote is a great set and forget fertiliser and available for:

  • Natives, just like Neutrog Bush Tucker and Scotts Osmocote Controlled Release Fertiliser: Natives
  • Pots Planters & Garden Beds, just like Scotts Osmocote Controlled Release Fertiliser: Pots, Planters & Indoors
  • Roses & Flowering Plants, just like Neutrog Sudden Impact for Roses and Scotts Osmocote Controlled Release Fertiliser: All Purpose
  • Fruit Citrus Trees & Shrubs similar to Neutrog Gyganic and Scotts Osmocote Controlled Release Fertiliser: Citrus & Fruit

The Yates Thrive Liquid range is a fast acting liquid fertiliser that starts feeding your plants straight away.  You do have to apply this fertiliser more frequently, sometimes as much as every week in the key growing season.  It is easy to mix with water and there are available for the type of plant you need to fertilise:

  • Thrive Rose & Flower Liquid Plant Food, just like Neutrog Sudden Impact for Roses Liquid Fertiliser 
  • Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food, just like Neutrog Gyganic
  • Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food, just like Scott Osmocote Pour & Feed range
  • Thrive Indoor Plant Liquid Food, just like Scotts Osmocote Pour & Feed for Indoor Plants
  • Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food, just like Neutrog Strike Back for Orchids or Scotts Osmocote Pour & Feed Orchid Liquid Fertiliser
  • Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food
  • Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food, just like Neutrog Gyganic or Scotts Osmocote Pour & Feed for Tomatoes and Herbs
  • Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food, just like Neutrog Gyganic or Scotts Osmocote Pour & Feed for Tomatoes and Herbs

Yates Plant Protection & Pest Control

There’s nothing worse than putting all the TLC into your garden to find you have some unwanted visitors also enjoying your garden – and destroying it!  You can protect your plants from these garden pests and diseases with the Yates’ range of pesticides, miticides, fungicides and bactericides.  They are certified for use in organic gardens so you can keep your vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, indoor plants, and various ornamental plants pest free!

What are Yates doing about the environment?

Yates is working hard to preserve and look after the planet. They have split their environmentally policy into three key focus areas:

  • Planet
  • People
  • Products


Reducing waste landfill by 50% through

  • Diverting wooden pallet waste which would have gone to landfill, into kitchen cabinetry
  • Converting the backing paper from labels which would have gone to landfill, into commercial building insulation material

Reduce carbon footprint

  • Looking to install solar panels at their operating sites
  • Investigating replacing their current fleet with hybrid vehicles


  • Partnered with Dylan Alcott’s organisation, Get Skilled Access, to review our recruiting processes for disability accessibility and inclusive recruitment
  • We have recently partnered with One Tree Per Child to plant native trees to support local communities and improve climate resilience


  • Make our packaging re-usable or recycle-ready by 2025
  • Increase the amount of recycled content in our packaging
  • By 2030 have at least 30% of our sales from sustainable products

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