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Welcome to Pico-Gro

The first stop for successful essential oil farmers in South Africa that are serious about sustainable agriculture

Pico-Gro has been supplying Medicinal and Aromatic plant material of the correct chemo type for essential oil production to farmers all over Africa since 1995. Rose Geranium and a variety of oil producing Lavender and Lavandin varieties are some of our more important lines. Aromatic oil plants of a great many other varieties such as Rosemary, Chamomile, Peppermint, Thyme, Spearmint and others are also supplied by Pico-Gro.

The new Pico-Gro in full production
The new Pico-Gro in full production
Lavender and Yarrow Mother Beds
Lavender and Yarrow Mother Beds

Our premises in Midrand, 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, consist of 2 propagation nurseries where vegetative cuttings of a variety of essential oil producing plants are rooted. We supply conventional as well as organically certified rooted cuttings that are packed and shipped to destinations all over South Africa, as well as to countries further north, including Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt and beyond.

Mailette plants about to flower
Mailette plants about to flower
Adelaide Packing Geranium for Shipment
Adelaide Packing Geranium for Shipment

The oils produced by our farmers are exported to buyers in Europe and find there way into the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance industry of the world. Herbal medicine is produced from the indigenous medicinal plant varieties we supply.

Gertrut doing a final quality check for shipment
Gertrut doing a final quality check for shipment
Chamomile in full flower
Chamomile in full flower

Mother beds, established for the purpose of gathering information on growing these varieties in South African climatic conditions, also grace our lovely nurseries. These beds also serve as source for material to be used in the production of some varieties. Farmers interested in starting essential oil farms are welcome to visit us to see these experimental beds in production.

Mass Buchu production
Mass Buchu production
  Mass peppermint production

Mass peppermint production

We supply advice and consultation on the agronomics of the different varieties as well as the distillation process and essential oil distillation stills and other equipment. We invite you to discuss your needs with our knowledgeable team and sales staff.

Patrick removing dead leafs
Patrick removing dead leafs.
Peter moving geraniums to the packing area

Peter moving geraniums to the packing area.
 
Rose Geraniums packed and ready to go
Rose Geraniums packed and ready to go.
 Sipho checking the EC of irrigation water
Sipho checking the EC of irrigation water.
 
Tandi and Erika topping geraniums
Tandi and Erika topping geraniums.
Trudie collecting Pelarganium Sidoides seed
Trudie collecting Pelarganium Sidoides seed.
 
Erika doing a quality check
Erika doing a quality check.
 

Please note that this website is still under construction. If you require any information that is not available yet, please e-mail us or contact us on (011) 314-1029. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Female Farmer of the Year

The Female Farmer of the Year Project is a national project, initiated during 1999, to honour and incentivise female farmers. Erika Oberholzer scooped the Award for Top Producer for the Export Market category.

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