Amorentia Estate and Amorentia Macadamia Nursery hosted a macadamia tree pruning training day this week. One of our growers requested that we run the session to help train his staff. The day was a great success and they all left with a wealth of knowledge. Young macadamia tree training and mature macadamia tree pruning is an essential part of macadamia orchard management.
Established mother material 45 years macadamia propagation experience.
Amorentia Macadamia Nursery
Amorentia Estate Steeped in History
Len Hobson was my maternal Grandfather. He was well-known and well-loved as a great South African Horticultural pioneer. Len was responsible for introducing the Beaumont macadamia cultivar into South Africa. He paved the way for Macadamia nursery practices which would later be modified and adopted by SAMAC as the blueprint for the current SAMAC protocols. Amorentia Nursery played a key role in finalising these protocols that govern our industry’s foundation: The Nurseries. We are proud that our roots are anchored in history. A spot of very exciting news is that hail netting now protects our Macadamia nursery trees. After two severe storms in the last six years, we made the decision to ensure the nursery is secure.
What sets Amorentia apart from other Macadamia nurseries?
- Macadamia oil runs in our blood.
- Our pioneering spirit.
- Our 45 years of production and propagation experience.
- Our resilience.
- Our commitment to the grower and the industry.
- The strict selection of our mother-material which is paramount to ensuring that our growers receive the best possible start to their Macadamia development – because potentially high yielding trees can only come from high yielding mother-trees.
We love to show off our nursery. Come see for yourself.
Our New Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit Mother Block is halfway planted!
Our dragon fruit mother block will be just over a half a hectare with 676 posts and 1352 plants. 13 Lines of the nicest looking, great sweet tasting and amazingly healthy fruit you have ever tasted.
We have monitored our older mother block closely this year and have had some excellent flowering and production.
One of our farmers did some tests on the drying of Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit. Everything went according to plan and the initial results are very positive as the fruit kept its sweet taste.
We will be travelling around the country between June and October to host 6 Farmer Information days on Dragon Fruit. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for these events or send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the invitation email for your area.
En so is ons skielik in die middle van die jaar!
Ons het ons avo seisoen vroeër afgeskop die jaar en ons derde vrag saad is reeds geplant in ons nuwe Ontkiemings Huis. Ons is baie opgewonde oor die res van die jaar. Ons sal tussen 50,000 en 70,000 saailinge produseer hierdie jaar. Meerderheid van die sal as saailinge uitgestuur word en in die land geent word.
And all of a sudden we are in the middle of the year!
Our avo season started earlier this year, and we already have our third load of avocado seeds planted in our new Germination House. We are so excited about the rest of this year. We will produce between 50,000 and 70,000 avocado seedlings this year. The majority of these will be dispatched as seedlings that will be grafted in-field.
Ons saailing kliënte van verlede jaar is opgewonde oor die eenvormigheid van die groei van die saailinge en die eerste vroeë ente is reeds gedoen. Die ente lyk goed en net drie weke na ons geent het, stoot die oogies reeds uit.
Our avocado seedling customers from last year are very excited about the uniformity of the growth of the avocado seedling trees, and we already did our first in-field grafting. The grafts look great, and only three weeks after being grafted they have started swelling out.
Ons het fantastiese media dekking gekry in die Landbou Weekblad onlangs en kry daaglikse navrae vir bome.
We have had excellent media coverage in the Landbou Weekblad recently and are getting daily enquiries.
KOM KYK WAT ONS DOEN EN PLAAS JOU BESTELLING SO GOU AS MOONTLIK!
COME SEE WHAT WE’RE DOING AND PLACE YOUR ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Hail Damage Feb 2016
As reported in our previous newsletter, we have had an excellent rainy season. From the 1st December until 15th May we measured 2110mm in the Politsi Valley.
In general, our crops look good. We are still recovering from the early 2016 hail storm, and we will only be back in production on the entire farm in 2018 again.
We have remained positive despite some very challenging times.
We endured hail, wind, drought, flooding, all in just over a year.
River in flood
Wind Damage 2017
We recently took part in the 20th Annual Cape Parrot count. The Endangered Parrots are seen daily at Amorentia feeding on Pecan nuts and wild plums. During the two-day count we only spotted 18 parrots, but the day after the official count there were 42 feeding in the Pecan tree outside our offices. That amounts to over 4% of the entire estimated population.
Some of the Amorentia staff and family enjoying the sunrise while waiting for the parrots to arrive.
As you can gather from our newsletter, we are extremely diversified. We would like to invite everyone to come and visit us at Amorentia and look at our website www.amorentia.co.za. Come and see what we do and enjoy some of our home-grown coffee with us.
These young Beaumont macadamia trees were planted in the Letsitele valley.
Their incredible growth is attributable to their mother material from Amorentia’s mother block and also to the good farming practices implemented by these dedicated farmers
The recipe: Excellent nursery trees thorough land preparation, Good nutrition from early on and immediate disease control.