The scientific name for the tomato is Lycopersicon esculentum Mill and originated in South America. First commercially cultivated in Central America, the plant was later introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers who also took it to Morocco. It is one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world today and in South Africa, it is, apart from potatoes, one of the most prominent vegetable commodities. Tomato propagation makes up almost a quarter of vegetable crop production in the country.
Cauliflower is a vegetable of the Brassicaceae family and an annual crop. The head, which is the white curd part of the plant, is harvested. The plant comes from the wild cabbage, which was found originally only in Asia Minor. It is a member of the same family of vegetables as cabbage, broccoli, and mustard. Farmers grow cauliflower only from seedlings as available from nurseries supplying in bulk for commercial farming purposes.
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: