Moringa: Facts and Opportunities for African Communities

Many people refer to Moringa oleifera as the miracle tree. This notion is often mis-interpreted in financial terms. Although the tree does have significant economic potential, it is more revered in terms of its nutritional value and potential uses.Moringa usesThe uses of Moringa are numerous, and as a result a great deal of research and […]

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COVID-19 and Food Security

The outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan and the subsequent spread to over 180 countries has had a devastating impact on the lives of billions of people. New phrases like “social distancing” have become commonplace and people are embarking on a new way of life. Everything we have taken for granted seems a distant memory and a […]

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The Amazing World of Bulbs

What are bulbs?Bulbs, corms, tuberous roots and stems, rhizomes and pseudobulbs are specialized vegetative structures that function as the primary food storage organ. These plants are generally herbaceous perennials. This means that the shoots die at the end of the growing season, but the plant survives in the ground as a dormant, fleshy organ that […]

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How are Avocados Ripened?

Biology of the avocadoThe avocado is a climacteric fruit, which means the fruit will not ripen while they are still hanging on the tree. So no matter when the farmer harvests their fruit, the avocados will be rock hard. If harvested at the correct stage, the fruits will ripen and become soft, but at uneven […]

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What is Plant Layering

Layering plants is a method of propagating plants where new roots form on the stems while they are still attached to the parent plant. After the stem has rooted, it is detached and becomes a new plant of its own. The rooted stem is then detached, transplanted, and becomes a separate plant on its own roots […]

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Vegetables that you can Grow and Eat to Boost the Immune System

One of the best ways to kick ailments to the curb is by maintaining a healthy immune system. Let’s take a look at the top 10 vegetables that you can eat to help your body fight off illnesses.CarrotsLike many of the other vegetables on this list, carrots contain vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that neutralizes […]

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How are Avocados Transported and Shipped?

Did you know that the majority of avocados grown in South Africa are exported by sea. Considering that the main production regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are far from any of the coastal seaports, the harvests first need to be road-freighted to the cargos. This means that the fruit need to first survive the bumpy […]

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Why is my Avocado Tree not Growing Fruit in Some Years?

The avocado is an oil-rich fruit that requires a large energy investment for the fruit to mature. Apart from the oily flesh, the fruit also has a large central seed that accounts for an even larger energy expenditure.So what does this mean for fruit production?Well, the avocado trees are under a lot of pressure to […]

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How to Graft Avocado Trees: Part 2

In our last post, we discussed how commercial avocado growers overcome the juvenile phase using seed as a rootstock to grow their trees. However, the seeds may have been cross-pollinated and therefore not be a true clone of the cultivar from which it was taken. Thankfully, there is a second method, known as clonal rootstock propagation, […]

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How to Graft Avocado Trees: Part 1

In our last post, we explained why avocado trees that are grown from seed take up to 15 years to bear fruit. In this video we are going to discuss one of the methods commercial growers use to solve this problem. One of the most common ways of overcoming the juvenile phase is grafting a bud […]

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