The watermelon plant is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. The plant can be grown commercially from either seeds or seedlings. Propagating watermelon from seedlings holds several advantages, such as:
Broccoli originated in Italy and the nutrient-rich vegetable is hailed for its many health benefits. It is high in magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Due to its nutritional value, it has become popular in South African households. Commercial farming of broccoli from seeds has proven to be challenging, but growing from seedlings provides the farmer with benefits such as:
Pumpkins are traditionally propagated directly from seeds. However, farmers now have the option to propagate their crops from pumpkin seedlings as available from reputable nurseries in South Africa. These are grown in greenhouses where the plants are protected from pests and the elements. When they are ready to be transplanted, the supplier delivers them in bulk to commercial farmers. Growing from pumpkin seedlings bought in bulk from trusted nurseries has several benefits for the farmer, some of which are briefly discussed below.
Brinjal or eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a popular warm-season crop in Africa. It is also known as the aubergine or the melongene. To benefit from earliness to the market and plant uniformity, farmers can buy eggplant seedlings from reputable bulk-supply nurseries.