FARMING PRACTICE |
ESSENTIAL OILS |
COMMERCIAL USES |
PHOTO GALLERY |
Although there are more than 130 species of Buchu growing in the wild, only two are commercially viable in the essential oils market.
A. betulina - A fragrant shrub with round
leaves. Seldom more than 1 metre high. Has a subterranean stem or lignitube
and is a resprouter . The flowers are star-like and white or mauve in
A. crenulata – an aromatic woody shrub with
larger, elongated leaves and grows to a height of 2 – 3 meters. The flowers
are also star like and white to mauve in colour
Buchu is endemic to the mountains of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. From Clanwilliam in the north to Stanford in the south and east as far as the Outeniqua mountains.
The Buchu industry is very closed. Few farmers
willingly share information with others.
Buchu dies more easily from over care: too much
water + too much fertilizer.
“Market saturation” depends on three words: -
CONSISTENT VOLUMES of QUALITY.