Floriculture

In harmony with wine-making and its natural surroundings, La Motte has ventured into a flower growing.

In harmony with wine-making and its natural surroundings, La Motte runs a flower-growing operation cultivating a limited variety of relatively rare flower species. In 2005, La Motte purchased the world’s largest private collection of disas from horticulturist Prof. Sid Cywes and since has had much success in cultivating new hybrids.

Named after La Motte’s owner, the lovely orange blend Hybrid Tea Hanneli Rupert rose adorns the landscaped gardens of the estate and fills the air with its subtle sweet perfume.

As part of its biodiversity principles, La Motte has reintroduced the Franschhoek Pride or Blushing Bride to the mountain on the estate while indigenous Protea gardens have been established on its slopes.

Disas, blushing brides, proteas, pincushions, Hanneli Rupert roses and bunches of lavender from La Motte’s ethereal oil fields are available from the La Motte Farm Shop.

Flowering season:
Disas November to January
Lavender  December to January
Hanneli Rupert Roses October to May
Blushing Brides  May to July
Pincushions August to November 
ProteasAugust to November 

Disas
The disa is a well-known attraction in the misty gorges of Table Mountain, where it grows side by side with the Cape ‘fynbos’. There are approximately 125 known species within the genus disa, but cultivation, propagation and hybridisation have been largely confined to mainly seven cross-fertile species.

La Motte has successfully cultivated disas and new disa hybrids artificially in specifically designed greenhouses, creating a rare explosion of colour. The greatest advances made at La Motte have been in the range of hybrid yellow to white colours. Some of the new hybrid flowers have been named after members of the Rupert family.

In season, from November to January, disas may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.

Blushing Brides
The blushing bride is one of the most delicately beautiful flowers in the Western Cape region. Botanically known as serruria florida, it was officially discovered in the Franschhoek Mountains in 1773. The flowers then disappeared from the scientific annals for over a hundred years.

Also known as the Franschhoek pride, the blushing bride is a member of the Proteaceae plant family – a component of the South Western Cape region. Serruria florida has a high economic potential. It is easily grown from seeds, responds very well to pruning, is a fast grower and flowers within 15 months of germinating. However, it is relatively short-lived and only produces a commercially viable crop for about three years. As a garden plant it is superb, provided its roots are not disturbed.

La Motte is passionate about the reintroduction of blushing brides into the Franschhoek biosphere, in line with the biodiversity initiative.

In season, from May to July, blushing brides may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.

Hanneli Rupert Roses
Named after La Motte’s owner and famed mezzo soprano, the Hanneli Rupert rose – KORsebue from the Hybrid Tea category – is known for its lush growth and untiring performance in the production of straight cut flower stems. Used for bedding and cut flowers, its attractive, firm-petalled blooms with their deep coral-orange colour on a cream-yellow base are very popular.

In season, from October to May, Hanneli Rupert roses may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.

Proteas
It is claimed that Proteaceae had its origin in South Africa, along the southern coastal mountain ranges. Of the extensive variety of plant species in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the 380 species of proteas are the most uniquely South African.

Aware of the phenomenon that proteas may face extinction, La Motte has established a fully-fledged protea garden on the estate. At present, ten species are cultivated: Pink Ice, Red Rex (PBR), Susara, Sylvia, High Gold (PBR), Soleil, Succession, Tango, Inca Gold and Safari Sunset.

The garden, which lies along the route of the La Motte Hiking Trail, providing the ideal opportunity to create awareness, interest and enthusiasm amongst hikers when it comes to nature conversation, is systematically expanded, as is the variety of Proteaceae.

In season, from August to November, proteas may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.

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