See the separate “Cut flowers” chapter.
- Floriculture, or flower farming, is a discipline of horticulture concerned with the cultivation of flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and for floristry, comprising the floral industry. The development plant breeding of new varieties is a major occupation of floriculturists.
- Floriculture crops include bedding plants, flowering plants, foliage plants or houseplants, cut cultivated greens, and cut flowers. As distinguished from nursery crops, floriculture crops are generally herbaceous. Bedding and garden plants consist of young flowering plants (annuals and perennials) and vegetable plants. They are grown in cell packs (in flats or trays), in pots, or in hanging baskets, usually inside a controlled environment, and sold largely for gardens and landscaping.
- Flowering plants are largely sold in pots for indoor use. Foliage plants are also sold in pots and hanging baskets for indoor and patio use, including larger specimens for office, hotel, and restaurant interiors.
|Nursery. Photo used courtesy of Helen Gordon, WWF-SA.|
2. Local business environment
Find information about trade, events, government notices and more on the South African Nursery Association (SANA) website, www.sana.co.za.
3. Role players
South African Nursery Association (SANA) www.sana.co.za SANA represents the nursery industry as a whole, and also represents individual associations such as
- Allied, Bulb & Seed Trade Association
- Bedding Plant Growers Association
- Garden Centre Association (GCA)
- Growers Association
Botanical Society of South Africa Tel: 021 797 2090 www.botanicalsociety.org.za The Botanical Society Head Office is situated at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It has sixteen branches – find details on the website.
- Aloe Council of South Africa www.aloesa.co.za
- Cycad Society of South Africa www.cycadsociety.org
- Fern Society of Southern Africa www.fernsoc.co.za
- Herb and Indigenous Plant Guild Tel: 011 393 3427
- Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa (IBSA) www.safricanbulbs.org.za
- Interior Plantscapers Association of South Africa www.ipsa.za.com
- South African Green Industry Council (SAGIC) - @SAGreenIndustriesCouncil
- South African Orchid Council www.saoc.co.za
- Succulent Society of South Africa www.succulentsociety.co.za
Find details of the South African Flower Export Council (SAFEC), Cape Flora SA, South African Flower Growers Association (SAFGA) and the KwaZulu Natal Flower Growers Association (KZNFGA) in the "Cut flowers" chapter.
Training and research
See also the “Cut flowers” chapter.
- The ARC-VOP does research and training in ornamental plants. See www.arc.agric.za.
- Find AgriSETA-accredited providers like BC Landscape Training and Consultancy at www.agriseta.co.za.
- Cape Peninsular University of Technology (CPUT) Department Landscape Technology Tel: 021 959 6480 / 5879 www.cput.ac.za
- Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Horticulture and Landscape Technology Tel: 031 373 5124 www.dut.ac.za
- Stellenbosch University Department of Horticultural Science Tel: 021 808 2112 www.sun.ac.za/horticulture
- Tshwane University of Technology Dept of Horticulture Tel: 012 382 5300 www.tut.ac.za
- University of the Free State Department of Genetics Prof J Spies – 051 401 2261 Mr Maleka – 051 401 3976 www.ufs.ac.za
- University of Johannesburg Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology Tel: 011 559 2047 www.uj.ac.za
- UNISA (Florida Campus) www.unisa.ac.za Diplomas and BTech in ornamental horticulture contact hsamuels [at] unisa.ac.za and labusj [at] unisa.ac.za.
- University of Pretoria Department of Plant Production and Soil Science Tel: 012 420 3809 / 223 www.up.ac.za
Find the “training” option at www.sana.co.za. Information includes details of SANA workshops and in-service training for students.
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