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South African Indigenous Indoor Plants

There are more South African Indigenous Indoor Plants than one thinks. With such a diversity of plant types, shapes and textures, there is a great variety to choose from for office plants, plants for atriums, patio plants and conservatory plants.

How to Plant a Tree

The best results are achieved when one knows how to plant a tree correctly. The time and effort taken to plant your tree correctly will pay off handsomely when you have a beautiful, well-structured and healthy tree in your garden. 

A properly planted tree will grow faster, stronger and healthier.

Polyphagous Shothole Borer Beetle (PSHB) Control Update

Fungicidal Lipids, together with knowledge of the life habits of the Polyphagous Shothole Borer (PSHB) have been shown to possibly be the best defence against this scourge, which is lined up for an ecological fire storm.

Create a Small Bird-Friendly Garden using Indigenous Plants

The best way to create a small bird friendly garden is simply to give the birds what they need… places to feed, nest, rest and breed.  If you design a garden around these requirements, using indigenous food-bearing plants, birds will flock to your garden.

Birds will visit even the smallest gardens, provided that these basic needs are catered for.  In other words, you need to create a great habitat (a place that can provide for all these needs).

5 of our best small garden ideas with indigenous plants of South Africa

Create a beautiful small garden, using indigenous plants of South Africa. Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery constantly inspires with new display gardens, and this time we have presented no less than five beautiful small gardens ideas.

Drought tolerant landscaping & garden designs with indigenous plants

An arid garden uses drought tolerant plants or desert plants when landscaping in an environment that receives very little rainfall, intense sunlight, and experiences fluctuating temperatures.

Indigenous South African water wise plants lend themselves well to arid garden design.

Best Mothers Day Gifts Ideas from Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery

“When is Mothers Day in South Africa, 2017?” you ask. It is just around the corner…Sunday, the 14th of May!

If you haven’t already got Mom the best gift ever to shower her with love on Mothering Sunday, Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery has the best Mothers’ Day gift ideas to help you.

From as little as under R50 to what ever your budget may allow, our shop and plant nursery can help you pick out perfect Mothers’ Day Gifts. We have such cool stuff for Moms, I can’t wait to show you what you can choose from.

Carpenter Bee Buzz Pollinates at Random Harvest Plant Nursery

At Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery there are almost as many different kinds of insect and bird pollinators as there are plants.

South African indigenous plants have developed very interesting pollination mechanisms, including buzz pollination. This is to make sure that they are counted amongst our country’s rich biodiversity.

Schlerochiton kirkii is one such plant.

Bird List and 5 Tips for Bird Watching at Random Harvest Farm

Over 156 species of South African birds live here or visit Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, but sometimes they’re so difficult to spot!

We love these 5 helpful bird watching tips from an expert birder:

How to create a Highveld Garden with Locally Indigenous Plants

Creating a landscaped garden with locally indigenous plants from the South African Highveld is a great way to garden sustainably. Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery has designed and installed a small Highveld Garden, using plants that we stock.

This garden shows that one can create a beautiful outdoor space in an environmentally sustainable way. By using locally occurring plants, inputs such as pesticides, fertilizer, and excessive water are not necessary.

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