Potato growing competition

F_R_OtakiHydro-logo.pngŌtaki Hydroponics are now in their second year of running their fun Potato growing competition .

Ōtaki Fire Brigade

This year all proceeds raised from the competition entries are going to our own Ōtaki Fire Brigade.

Kay McLennan from Ōtaki Hydroponics says that it is all too easy for us to forget the amazing work that our local volunteer brigade do. The recent fire at Te Horo highlighted this.The fire brigade are often the first people on the scene of car accidents and sports injuries. Anything we can do as a community to support our volunteer fire brigade has got to be a good thing.


“We really want to encourage our local community to jump on board and have a go at growing a potato.” she says. “Its not hard and we are happy to give a few tips and hints along the way” says Kay. Entry fee is just $5.00

  • All entries will receive an entry number that will be used for purchase and judging day.
  • Potatoes must be grown in competition bag only
  • Potato and bag must come intact on judging day
  • There is no limit to your number of entries
  • You can use your own (secret) growing medium and fertilizer.


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th prizes for the greatest yield.

Prize pool is bigger and better. Top five place getters will choose prizes from the prize pool of…

  • 1000 litre water tank from Devan ($700)
  • Autopot Starter Kit and Extension kit ($175)
  • Tui Garden Hamper (including Joseph Bentley garden tools) ($150)
  • Rok Solid (organic certified broad spectrum fertilizer 20kg) ($50)
  • Top Quality Maclon garden hose and hand held sprayer. ($40)

Plus heaps of other spot prizes on the day including potting mix, compost, $50 discount voucher on Hungry Bin worm farm. The list just keeps growing.

Judging day; Saturday 12 December

We will pre-order fine weather and endeavour to make it a great day to be shopping with us as well with one day only specials etc. and other ‘go in the draw opportunities’.

This will be a great day for you to meet likeminded gardeners and share gardening tips and have some Pre Christmas Fun!!!!

Keep informed


Lots to be revealed over the coming months.

Be in quick and get a head start on your competitors. Let’s make this fun and along the way know that we are donating to a great cause.

You have More than 120 days to grow the best crop ever.

Top yield last year was 1.885 kg can YOU beat this????

Competition potatoes and entry forms are available from Otaki Hydroponics until Monday 31st August. Have Fun 



September special
September special

September Special

The age-old practise of seed raising is a cost effective way to fill your garden with both vegetables and colour.

While seed raising is not rocket science, there are a few key tricks to ensure successful germination.

Seeds need moisture, warmth and oxygen to germinate

The optimum seed raising temperature for most seeds is between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius

By using an electric propagator you are guaranteed a more consistent temperature, thus ensuring a greater strike rate.

Use our premium certified organic seed raising mix and you are off to the best possible start.

Present this coupon when purchasing your Electric Propagator and we will give you a FREE pack of mixed seeds by Annabel Langbein. Come and visit us or go to www.otakihydro.co.nz