Nikwaflora specializes in the supply of cut foliage. This marketing company is currently supplied by three production units:
This is a small coastal farm near Herolds Bay nestled between Herolds bay and Oubaai golf estate one of only a few coastal farms left in the area, where the idea to produce foliage originated in the early nineties. At present Restios and Viburnum tinus are planted in open fields on the steep southern coastal slopes. Soils are very marginal with clay at high levels. Cocculus and Philodendron are grown under nets, while contorted Willow completes the mix.
This is the major production farm, situated on the southern slopes of the Outeniqua mountains, north of Great Brak River. This farm was designed by Israeli agronomist. The farm comprises of a state of the art nursery, where cuttings are propagated. The nursery supplies the farm with all its plant material. Mother stock and new varieties have been imported from Israel. Both open field farming, as well as extensive cultivation under netting are undertaken on Terranikwa.
The main products under netting are: Ruscus, Philodendron, Cocculus, Aralia and Aspedistra. The varieties on open field production are: various varieties of Leucodendron and Leucospermum, Grevillea (var), Rice flower and Viburnum. Smaller quantities of foliage are also produced like Hedera, Red Robin and Adenanthos.
The latest addition to the Nikwaflora bouquet is the BEE farm Nostranikwa. This production unit is co-owned by management (50%) and workers of the three production units (50%). The Nikwasorg trust manages the workers share. Nostranikwa buy all plantmaterial from Terranikwa and sell all produce though Nikwaflora.
Cocculus is one of the main product lines under the netting. On the open slopes, various varieties of the Protea family, Leucospernums and Leucodendrons, as well as Viburnum are cultivated.
Nostranikwa is a BEE farm and is co-owned by the staff and management of the production units.
The Denneseerus farm is situated outside the town of George. The other production units are in the beautiful Outeniqua mountains north of Groot Brak River in the Southern Cape. In future other production farms will be developed in the Groot Brak area.
A modern production nursery based on Israeli propagation techniques, is the heart of the production units, hence the ability to produce different types of foliage which have historically not been available in South Africa. Unfortunately the production of plants for foliage is generally a time consuming process. We are currently propagating foliage in our nursery for harvesting long after the soccer World Cup will be held in SA in 2010!
Nikwaflora has a substantial market share in the local flower market for which exotic and specialized foliage are supplied. Nikwaflora represents ± 60 ha of foliage, Proteaceae and fillers. Various varieties are exclusive to Nikwaflora and are cultivated under protection from the grower.
Our management team consists of qualified personnel in the Agricultural and Botanical industry. Our financial department is run by qualified auditors. There is always a demand for new product lines as this is a fashion driven market. We strive to be the biggest foliage producer in South Africa, with the widest range of greens, fillers and filler greens. We are the only producer of Grevillea, Rice Flower, Aralia and Myrcice in South Africa. Only a very small percentage (± 2%) of our product is currently being exported. Exports will increase as the local markets become saturated.