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Butterfly Host Plants For Gauteng

Butterflies have very specific plants (host plants) that they will lay their eggs on, and this differs from species to species. The caterpillars that hatch from these eggs can either feed almost exclusively on one species or they will feed off of a number of host plant species across a few genera and families.

There are some plant species that will support a number of different caterpillar (butterfly) species.

Indigenous Plant Nursery – Retail & Wholesale Trees Johannesburg

Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery grows one of the most extensive stock ranges of Indigenous trees for sale in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Retail and Wholesale Nursery in Johannesburg

We are both a retail and wholesale tree supplier based in Johannesburg (off Beyers Naude Drive), in Muldersdrift. Get directions to view our magnificent range of trees indigenous to South Africa.

Picnic at Random Harvest Plant Nursery in Johannesburg

One of the prettiest, most tranquil picnic venues in Johannesburg is Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery. Simply collect your catered picnic basket on arrival at our beautiful outdoor space and head into the garden to find the perfect spot. 

Butterfly Gardening Notes 1 - Parasitised Caterpillars

Have you ever seen those strange looking caterpillars with tiny white "spikes" on its back? We have often been asked if caterpillars carry eggs on their back, and this time we decided to ask a butterfly expert for more information. Steve Woodhall, master Lepidopterist, regularly helps us at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery to answer questions on anything butterfly or caterpillar related. Here is what he said about this strange creature. The white egg-like things on the hairy caterpillar (which is probably a Tricolored Tiger Moth, Rhodogastria amasis) are Braconid wasp cocoons.

How To Turn Your Backyard Into A Private Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife plays a vital role in securing a healthy environment, whether it’s insects, birds, or mammals. With more humans encroaching on the planet than ever before, it’s so important now to make sure that each one of us does our part to preserve the wildlife in our environment and our communities.

How to Purchase a Gift Voucher from Random Harvest Nursery

Spoil someone with the best gift ever - a gift voucher from Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery.

Easter Bunny's Shy Cousin - Easter Eco-Fact 4

The real Riverine Rabbit would not be found in nature, on forest floors, with plenty of compost, mulch and Plectranthus ciliatus as our Random Harvest Bunny was pictured in the nursery. It in fact has a very specific area that it occurs in – only along rivers in Nama and Succulent Karoo areas, in the Central and Small Karoo.  In other parts of the country, you will find hares, which are related to the Riverine Rabbit.

A Beautiful African Tree - Easter Eco Fact 3

Acacia siberiana var. woodii - The Paperbark Thorn has been called the quintessential African tree. It is one of the many South African Indigenous tree species that has grown to full and magnificent proportions at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery - please ask our staff to show you these beautiful trees. Its spreading, flat-topped crown presents a mass of white pom-pom florets which give off an amazing scent to a whole variety of insect pollinators.

Long Grass and Grass-like Plants for Wildlife - Easter Eco Fact 2

Patches or swathes of longer indigenous grasses or grass-like species not only look beautiful in the garden, but are important for garden wildlife. They provide food, a place to rest, hide or move undetected, and provide nesting material for some birds and small mammals

Sunbirds and why they are important

Sunbirds are important pollinators in the garden. Plant these Indigenous Nectar plants for Sunbirds to attract them to the garden and provide food these beautiful little jewels of the garden.

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