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The Succulent Plant Specialists
Gariep Plants is a retail succulent plant nursery situated in Faerie Glen in the east of Pretoria. Since 2002 a wide range of succulent plants has been made available to the gardener, landscaper and enthusiastic collector at the nursery.
During the last decade or more, the nursery has grown from a small business, open only every second Saturday to a very active nursery serving our customers most days of the week. A newsletter informing customers and visitors about the nursery is sent out every week or two to almost a thousand e-mail addresses in Gauteng and surrounding areas. In spite of the growth in the business, we still strive to have a very personal relationship with our clients, supplying information on the plants we have available as well as advice setting up water-wise gardens and on the growing and care of the plants.
Our garden is home to a large collection of succulent plants, bulbs, and many other perennials and shrubs. With the wide variety of plants in the garden abounds with colour and flowers throughout the year. Some of the north African and Arabian aloes (as well as a few South African ones) flower in spring, summer, and autumn. In addition, many other succulents and other plants lend beauty and colour to the garden throughout the year.
There is a wide range of indigenous bulbs in the garden, including species of Eucomis, Haemanthus Hypoxis, Ledebouria, Scilla, etc. There are also several attractive and aromatic shrubs like Pelargonium and Plectranthus.
The winter months are by far the most colourful in our garden. With most of the aloe species and naturally occurring hybrids in flower at this time of the year, complemented by a large number of aloe cultivars, it is a display worthwhile experiencing (as long as there is no severe frost in May!). We try to expand this array of colour with large beds of Namaqualand daisies.
Visitors are welcome to spend some time relaxing in the shade of a large number of trees, indigenous to the area. The garden is frequented by a large variety of birds, during the winter months, sugarbirds and orioles are regular visitors, feeding on the nectar produced by the masses of Aloe flowers and other nectar-producing flowers like those of Cotyledon barbeyi. Other bird species worth mentioning are Rock Pigeons, three species of doves, at least four cuckoos, Burchell’s Coucal, Woodland Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Red-billed wood-hoopoe, two Barbets, Woodpeckers, Fork-tailed Drongo, three shrike species, Bokmakierie, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike, Glossy Starling, Grey Louries and Grey Hornbills.
Gariep plants aims to conserve the natural succulent flora and their natural environment by making succulent plants available to the public, decreasing the pressure on wild populations. It is a firm policy of the nursery not to sell field collected plants.
A range of propagation methods are used to produce the succulent plants available from the nursery, production by germination of quality seed is probably the most important. Seed is obtained from our own mother stock, from reputable seed merchants, and by legal collecting in habitat. Production by the rooting of cuttings, offsets and other propagules, again by using our own mother stock, also plays an important role. Another very important and successful vegetative production method used is the very successful use of local laboratories to supply material produced from tissue culture. Lastly, plants are obtained from respectable wholesale and other nurseries.
Some species which are difficult to propagate or where production material is difficult to obtain will always be available in small numbers and on an irregular basis, other lines (some of them very popular) are almost always available. We do strive to offer customers as wide a variety as possible at all times.
Over the years the nursery has managed to supply local and foreign customers with thousands of rare and special plants. Gariep Plants was probably the first nursery in the country making large numbers of seed grown plants of the rare Pachypodium namaquanum (the so-called Halfmens) available to collectors. Other rare plants that have been supplied to collectors include the Spiral Aloe from Lesotho, Aloe polyphylla, many Madagascan Pachypodium species, and Madagascan and Arabian Aloe species