Availability Coralfern and Typha in South Africa
It is spring in South Africa and the summer season is approaching. Seasons in South Africa are exactly reverse to seasons in Europe, with December and January as hottest months. Our suppliers do everything that is in their possibilities to deliver a quality product. The upcoming period the weather will be warm and dry. This makes harvest and selection of both Coral Fern and Typha more and more difficult. Although a strict selection is maintained, there is higher probability on brown leaf tips during this time of year. Also, forest fires in the area will influence the availability of Coral fern.
In recent weeks the Coral fern and Typha areas have had days with very high temperatures. It has already been so hot and dry that last week various fires have developed in the forests. Forest fires can spread very quickly under influence of strong winds and this can lead to extremely dangerous situations. For safety reasons, people were not allowed to enter the forests for several days. The first fires have been extinguished, but new ones have originated. A large surface of the Coral fern forest has burned. The exact extent of the damage is still being determined, but it certainly will affect availability.
Last year in June enormous devastating forest fires burned large parts of the forests in the Knysna area and the home of Jenny and Rob Hamilton. This had large impact for them both financially and emotionally. It takes years for the Pine forests to recover sufficiently to allow Coral fern to grow back into the area. Hamilton has permission to harvest in large forest surfaces, which allows them to harvest good quantities. However, the minimum distances that they need to travel for harvesting are much larger than before.
On the picture you can see one of the skilled women, who just picked a nice looking bunch of Coral fern. At arrival in the area coral fern pickers disperse into the forest for harvesting. It is spring and Coral fern is growing many young shoots on top of older hardened leaves. The pickers skillfully select quality stems and remove the young leaves.