Gariep plants aims to conserve the natural succulent flora and their natural environment by making succulent plants available to the public, decreasing the pressure on wild populations. It is a firm policy of the nursery not to sell field collected plants.
A range of propagation methods are used to produce the succulent plants available from the nursery, production by germination of quality seed is probably the most important. Seed is obtained from our own mother stock, from reputable seed merchants, and by legal collecting in habitat. Production by the rooting of cuttings, offsets and other propagules, again by using our own mother stock, also plays an important role. Another very important and successful vegetative production method used is the very successful use of local laboratories to supply material produced from tissue culture. Lastly, plants are obtained from respectable wholesale and other nurseries.
Some species which are difficult to propagate or where production material is difficult to obtain will always be available in small numbers and on an irregular basis, other lines (some of them very popular) are almost always available. We do strive to offer customers as wide a variety as possible at all times.
Over the years the nursery has managed to supply local and foreign customers with thousands of rare and special plants. Gariep Plants was probably the first nursery in the country making large numbers of seed grown plants of the rare Pachypodium namaquanum (the so-called Halfmens) available to collectors. Other rare plants that have been supplied to collectors include the Spiral Aloe from Lesotho, Aloe polyphylla, many Madagascan Pachypodium species, and Madagascan and Arabian Aloe species