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Unread postby Adansonia » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:29 pm

I normally buy some plants at the nursery when I am visiting the park, but I must say that nobody at the nursery ever told me to have my receit with me when leaving.

I never experienced any problems until last November when we had some problems at the Malelane Gate - I had a number of plants with me and the attendant at the gate saw the plants and demanded that I show my receipt, which I did not have. I nearly lost all of my plants.

I therefore urge the responsible salesperson at the nursery to please advice all buying tourist to keep there receipts with them.

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Unread postby dianne » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:37 pm

Thanks for this feedback-I'll let Ona Davies know!

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Unread postby WarthogB » Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:14 pm

Adansonia wrote:I therefore urge the responsible salesperson at the nursery to please advice all buying tourist to keep there receipts with them.


:o I was in the nursery beginning of May this year and bought a Kudu Lilly for my sister-in-law from Oudtshoorn and I was advised by the lady to keep my receipt as I would need it on exit from the park.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:36 am

I am often asked when I leave Kruger Gate if I have any plants.

As a matter of interest, how are the prices of plants in Kruger?
Do they compare well to other nurseries?
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Unread postby Johann » Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:22 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:... As a matter of interest, how are the prices of plants in Kruger?
Do they compare well to other nurseries?


No, they don't MM. The plants at the main nursery are ridiculously cheap compared to other nurseries! :lol:
Ona-Davies told us to keep the slip handy when getting to the gate.

Don't know about the smaller ones in the camps though. Had a look once, think it was at Pretoriuskop, and the quality was really not good so didn't even bother checking the prices.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:38 pm

Thanks Johann,
one more reason for another trip. :wink:
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Unread postby combretum » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:11 am

mikev wrote:I have a feeling that the lady in charge of the nursery is the very same one who established it in the late 1970's or early 1980's .

There was an article in Custos magazine at the time of the opening , and the high standard has always been upheld . I did consider asking her last time I was there , if she was the original nursery lady , and next time I will and carry over the compliments .

By the way the prices of the plants are decidedly low and real bargains .


I have just started writing up the history of the nursery and can shed some light on your comment. The nursery had its first manager in 1975 as it was an informal affair up to then (30mx30m) catering mainly for the needs of the offices and staff. In 1977 it moved and opened to the public on its current site. Lady who is managing it took over around 1990. She has just received my first draft and needs to complete some of the blanks - one of which is the exact date she commenced duties.

If anybody has information potentially useful for an historical account of the nursery, i would be grateful!

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Unread postby tent dweller » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:55 pm

Hello, I am new to this forum, I would like to know about a specific plant in the Kruger. When out in the early morning and at the time of sunset the Kruger is filled with a fantastic smell. It is not so strong during the day. On our last trip we went on a sunset drive around Mopani/Tsendze area, I asked the guide on the drive what the specific plant was and he said it is called"zebra sweat bush",he also said animals do not eat it but sometimes lions rub themselves against the bush. Can I purchase this plant in a nursery or only at the nursery in Skukuza? Thank you
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Unread postby hfglen » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:34 pm

Tent-dweller, are you by any chance thinking of the Potato Bush, Phyllanthus reticulatus (described on p. 292 of the Mpumalanga & KNP tree book by Ernst Schmidt and all)? If so, Skukuza Nursery may well have it. But plant it behind something in your garden, as it's very dull to look at.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:45 am

During our visit to the Skukuza nursery on 9 November 2011 we found a well managed and very green indigenous paradise and a dedicated team who understands good customer service and the benefits of teamwork! I hope the “Paddaboom” that we bought and planted will grow but our winters might not be to its liking as we do get visits from Jack Frost :? . The very knowledgeable manageress gave us seeds of the “Sjambok bush/tree”? as we find the long brown pods that it make very interesting but she indicated that a person have a 50/50 or even smaller chance with the seeds to eventually grow into a bush/tree. The plants in the nursery were still too small to sell. We soaked quite a few of the seeds in water for a day before planting them and it seems that one of the seeds are sprouting as some green is showing :) Hope it is not weed
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Re: The Skukuza Nursery

Unread postby stelliegp123 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:18 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Anyone know if Impala lily will grow in the Cape, specifically on the Cape Flats, and if they are allowed to fly on planes?


Im in JHB and mine grows like a charm

(I did plant it from a seed though)

I can always send you a few seeds by post?

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Unread postby hfglen » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:48 pm

You can almost certainly grow an Impala Lily on the Flats. You will automatically have well drained soil, and so all you'll need to do is water it in summer. If you want more detailed advice, make an appointment to see Ernst van Jaarsveld at Kirstenbosch and ask him. Not only does he have green fingers up to his elbows and beyond, but he's an extraordinary helpful soul as well. Not sure about the legalities of flying your plant around, but I can't think why there should be a problem as long as you don't cross an international border.
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Re: The Skukuza Nursery

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:00 pm

Thanks both of you. The flying would have been from Jhb to CT.

If you have some spares Stellie, PO Box 687 Howard Place 7450.

Thanks! I don't have green fingers but my wife has grown some serious gooseberry plants recently.
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