by Protea Producers Of S.A.

New book release

A boon to established growers and new entrants to the fynbos industry

Dr Gerhard Malan's new book is the culmination of his vast experience in the fynbos industry
Marius Huysamer and Dr Gerhard Malan.JPG

The South African protea industry has welcomed the release of a new book, Protea Cultivation: From Concept to Carton, by Dr Gerhard Malan. Malan is a well-known fynbos consultant with many years of practical experience in protea cultivation, both nationally and internationally. 

He obtained a PhD (Horticultural Science) from Stellenbosch University in 1993 under the tutelage of Professor Gerard Jacobs, and worked for the Fynbos Unit of the Agricultural Research Council for some years before becoming a consultant. 

The book was officially launched at a reception hosted by the Protea Producers of South Africa (PPSA) at Rhebokskloof in Paarl. In attendance were many of the sponsors of the book, including Joyene Isaacs of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (the main sponsor), the directors of PPSA and the SA Protea Producers and Exporters Association, and a number of people who had assisted Dr Malan with proofreading and layout of the book.

Dr Malan was described by Marius Huysamer, a PPSA director and driving force behind the realisation of the book, as “probably the only person in the industry who can pull plants from a farmer’s field, send him an invoice for the visit and still expect to get paid”.  Huysamer used that as an anecdote to describe Dr Malan’s practical, hands-on approach to his consultancy.

While no single person in the industry has all the answers to the many questions surrounding fynbos production, Dr Malan has more answers than most and has been willing to share his expertise accumulated over many years.

The book is a culmination of that experience and will prove to be a boon to new entrants to the industry as well as established growers. Huysamer stressed that PPSA will make extensive use of the publication in future training initiatives, including in assisting with transformation of the industry.

In the foreword to the book, Denis Shaw, one of the pioneers of the industry, described it as “the most important document that has ever been presented to the fynbos industry”. 

Chapters are allocated to every aspect of protea cultivation, commencing with plant propagation and ending in the markets. 

In between are chapters covering selection of species or cultivars, with descriptions of the main characteristics of all the commercially produced products, soil preparation, pruning, pest and disease management, and many others – all richly illustrated with colour photographs. 

The book will undoubtedly find a welcome space on the shelf of many producers and lovers of fynbos, and will be an invaluable reference resource.

The book can be ordered directly from the author at, at a cost of R1 800 including postage and packaging.


Marius Huysamer: 

Tel: 082 462 1012

Gerhard Malan: 

Tel: 082 853 2043


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