Boplaas to plant 1 million spekboom by 2025 in the fight for climate change

by | Dec 4, 2019 | News

The world is at a tipping point towards a global climate catastrophe. The spekboom that is indigenous to the Klein Karoo area is a carbon miracle worker. Spekboom, for the amount of water it uses, is the most efficient carbon sequester in the world.

Carel Nel, owner of Boplaas Family Vineyards.

Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp has joined the fight for climate change, and urges others to take the step with them and plant a spekboom! Boplaas has always been conservation-minded.

Now they’ve stepped up their drive and pledged to establish one million plants of the Portulacaria afra succulent variety – commonly known as the spekboom – before 2025.

The humble spekboom can gobble up between four and 10 tons of carbon per hectare per year. But it needs our help. According to the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, the world currently produces 1 331 tons/sec CO2. 

“Our goal at Boplaas is to escalate plantation of the spekboom through strategic partnerships and as a wider aim to spread awareness. We want to encourage its cultivation in private gardens, on estates and on farms,” says Carel Nel, owner of Boplaas.

It’s not an impossible task – the spekboom is great at adapting to its surroundings and can flourish almost anywhere. It makes wonderful hedges and beautiful shrubs; and, can be planted in fields, flowerbeds and pots.

Boplaas has over 2 000 hectares of veld under conservation where the variety occurs naturally. In addition to planting more, this project will actively distribute spekboom cuttings from the Boplaas farm in Calitzdorp and the wine tasting room in Klein Brak River on the Garden Route. 

Carel also says that they will distribute information on how further cuttings can be made and the best way to plant them. The spekboom requires very little maintenance and can survive with only the most minimal amounts of water. 

“If we can get 1 000 people to plant 100 plants, that’s 100 000 spekboom shrubs helping us fight global climate change,” says Carel.

For more information, send email to You can also follow our progress by following Boplaas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.





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