South African farmers are urged to do research before commencing with commercial tomato production. Farmers interested in tomatoes can obtain ungrafted tomato seedlings from trusted bulk suppliers like Hishtil SA that propagate the ungrafted tomato seedlings in greenhouse facilities.
It is very challenging and expensive for farmers to produce cabbage crops from seeds, so they usually do it from seedlings. Cabbage is of the capitata group from the Brassica oleracea species, “capitata” meaning “having a head” in Latin. The plant has a rosette with green leaves. These leaves are folded around a short stem to form a head. The root comes from the leaf organ instead of an axis. Cabbage is often used raw in salads, although many people prefer to eat cabbage cooked.
Cucumis sativus or, commonly known as the cucumber, is often cultivated from ungrafted seedlings. The plant originated in India where they have propagated it for over 3000 years, but China is now the leading propagator of cucumbers. Cucumber farmers grow from both ungrafted cucumber seedlings and seeds. The plant’s fruit is rich in fibre and potassium and it is also a reasonable source of magnesium, folic acid, Vitamin A, phosphorus, and Vitamin C. Though it can be cooked, most people consume cucumbers raw as part of soups, sauces, smoothies, and salads. It is frequently used in beauty treatments and is an ingredient of many health products.
Grafting plants for crop farming is not a new practice. In fact, many European countries, as well as Japan and South Korea, have been doing large-scale grafting of plants for commercial-farming purposes for a long time now. Grafting is may often be referred to as an artificial way to grow plants.
Hishtil started operating in 1974 and has since brought innovative plant-propagation techniques to the world of commercial farming. Hishtil SA, as part of Hishtil International, opened its doors in 2007 in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The second phase of its involvement in plant propagation for commercial farming was marked by the opening of Hishtil SA in Riebeek West in the Western Cape in 2014.