With our climate so different to the Western Cape’s, we’ve learned the hard way that what works there doesn’t necessarily do well in KZN, so before we plant any new variety on our farms, we do extensive research and testing. Working closely with Future Fynbos, a plant-breeding/product development company based in the Western Cape, we’ve set aside several trial plots where we test out their most promising new varieties. We usually monitor the plants for at least three years—even longer if it’s a King Protea—before deciding whether to invest commercially in that variety.
To maintain our high quality standards, all our cuttings are propagated by a specialist protea nursery in the Western Cape. We usually plant in autumn and spring when the weather is milder.