Gariep Plants is situated in Faerie-Glen in the east of Pretoria, in Gauteng Province of South Africa.
The nursery was established in 1990, it started as a postal order business supplying material of various succulents across the world. In 2002 a retail section for local customers was opened, making succulent plants, both the rare and unusual as well common plants available to the gardener, landscaper or enthusiastic collector.
The nursery also strives to supply information on succulents and their cultivation. Books and journals on the topic are for sale at the shop. Information on the Succulent Society is available and membership of the society and subscription to its journal ALOE, can be arranged at the nursery
Tuesdays to Fridays from 09:00 to 16:00
Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00
Sundays from 10:00 to 12:30 (Closed on Sundays during December and January)
The Garden surrounding the nursery shop houses a large collection of succulent plants, bulbs and many other perennials and shrubs. With the wide variety of plants in the garden there are flowers and colour throughout the year. Many 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 their colour to the garden throughout the year.
There is a wide range of indigenous bulbs in the garden, including species of Cyrtanthus, 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 large collection of aloe species in flower at this time of the year, complimented by a large number of aloe cultivars and hybrids, it is display worth while 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 the large number of indigenous trees, indigenous to the area. The garden is frequented by a large variety of birds, during the winter months, sugar birds 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, Glossy Starling, Grey Louries and Grey Hornbills.
The nursery stocks a wide variety of indigenous succulents as well as many others from the rest of Africa and Madagascar. Except for plants on the budget table, all plants are properly labelled with botanical names as well as popular names and distribution information where available. The most popular groups of plants include Adenium (Impala Lilies), Aloe, Euphorbia, Cyphostemma, Gasteria, Haworthia, mesembs, Pachypodium, Crassula and its relatives. A small section in the nursery is devoted to succulents from other parts of the world; these include Agave, Echeveria and a limited number of cacti.
Due to the extensive range of species, variation in both sizes and stock, it is unfortunately not possible make price lists available. A regular newsletter is sent out by e-mail to keep customers informed about new stock and activities at the nursery.
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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