Ayoba Arctic Ice® is a fragile and high value product, so utmost care is taken to protect the blooms during packing and shipping. Here Tiny Zondi, who’s been a valuable member of the Zuluflora team since the first proteas were planted on Haycroft farm in 2002, is seen gingerly packing them for shipping.
Thabile Zuma and Nonjabulo Mthalane from our pruning team are pictured removing non-flowering shoots from Ayoba Sun® bushes. Pruning is a critical task that helps to maximise the productivity of the bushes and quality of stems for the following year.
With our 100-strong workforce involved in multiple quality assurance activities, thorough training is critical to our success. Here Hamish Godbold is seen training the pruning team at Chennells Estates to ensure our bushes are correctly maintained for high quality yield when harvested.
At Zuluflora we’re constantly striving to find new varieties that suit our climate and provide customers with the best quality product. Pictured here is one of our trial plots where we evaluate the potential of new varieties.
Our growers take regular farm walkabouts to check on the growth and health of our plants. Here we see farm owners Hamish Godbold, Simon Chennells and James Christopher, together with ‘Future Farmers’ Sanele Mkhize and Smangele Sithole and Dobby the Labrador, inspecting some of James’ Leucospermum ‘Tango’ plants.
Through our ‘Future Farmers’ programme, Zuluflora provides mentorship and experience to young horticultural graduates on its farms. One of our ‘Future Farmers’, Mzo Nompula, pictured here, is seen training some of our casual labour on the harvesting of P. cynaroides.
Borne out of the desire to build a new supply chain model that spreads risk and grows volumes for long-term sustainability, Zuluflora was founded in 2013 and is a collaborative effort between a core group of protea growers.