The history of Starke Ayres dates back to 1896 when Charles Starke started grain and produce companies, which later merged to form Starke Ayres (Pty) Ltd in 1920. Today, Starke Ayres are specialists in the supply of vegetable seed, flower seeds, and lawn seed for home and commercial use.

With more than 130 years experience, the company prides itself on the production of top quality seeds, with the best germination capability and purity. The company also provides excellent after-sales service by assisting farmers to grow products that can be sold.

Starke Ayres is also involved in retail by supplying seeds, soluble fertilisers and chemical products to home gardeners and farmers. Its secondary business is retail, supplying subsistence farmers and home gardeners with seeds, chemical products and soluble fertilisers.