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Moringa: Easy Air Layering

What is air layering?In general, layering is a method of rooting a plant stem whilst it is still attached to the mother plant. After rooting, the rooted stem is detached from the mother plant and it becomes a separate plant. Air layering of a plant is a way of clonal propagation, which means that the new […]

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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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Growing Standard Roses Quickly and Easily: Part 2

After your rootstocks have rooted, you can continue on to the budding stage of propagation. Being able to graft roses by budding is an extremely valuable skill. Some experts in Australia are paid the equivalent of almost R20 per single bud! So it is worthwhile to take your time practicing budding so you can perfect your […]

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Growing Standard Roses Quickly and Easily: Part 1

Propagating standard roses is an extremely valuable skill that any horticulturalist or hobbyist can master. Before we get into the details of propagation, lets have a quick recap on the botany of a standard rose.A Quick Botany LessonThe rose can be divided into 2 parts: the lower part is called the rootstock, and the upper […]

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How to Use Smoke Paper to Treat Seeds

Insert Video Learn How to Use Smoke Paper to Treat SeedsIn South Africa we are blessed with an abundance of indigenous flora. We often boast about the beauty of our fynbos but seldomly appreciate just how difficult it is to get the seed of these plants to grow.These plants are so perfectly adapted to the […]

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How to Sow Small Seeds Like a Pro

How to sow super fine seedGrowing plants from seed can be difficult enough, a problem which can become almost unbearable when the seed is particularly small. Grasses are a perfect example of a fine seed-bearing plant. This is especially problematic when you need to plant your seed evenly to achieve uniform distribution, something which is a […]

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How to Make Cuttings Like A Professional: Picture Guide

Let us show you how easy it can be to make stem cuttings like the professionals do!

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IPM: An Invaluable Approach to Pest Control

What is Integrated Pest Management?The National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management defines IPM as a ‚Äúscience-based, decision-making process that identifies and reduces risk from pests and pest management related strategies.” Simply put, IPM combines the use of multiple strategies to control pests and the impacts thereof. This includes animals, insects and weeds.The 3 cornerstones of IPM […]

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Propagating Plants: Which Methods Should You Use?

You have decided which plants your nursery is going to produce. Now it is time to determine how you are going to achieve this. Plant propagation techniques range from simple to complex methods, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.  This post discusses the various methods at your disposal. Depending on the plants you will produce, […]

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Which Suits You Best? A Comparison of 3 Types of Nurseries

All it takes is a quick gaze into any landscape to appreciate the variety of plants on display. Chances are that a blend of grasses, trees, shrubs and annuals have been thoughtfully incorporated into a pleasing design scheme. Considering the various plants placed in countless landscapes, it is understandable why nurseries have their business plans […]

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