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Sheilam Cactus farm in Robertson

by capetowndiva

Calling all cactus fans. Ten minutes outside Robertson in the direction of Ashton and 170km outside Cape Town, is the Sheilam Cactus and Succulent Nursery.  a prickly paradise you need to factor into any Langeberg experience.

I’m a cactus collector. The hardy plants have endeared themselves to me for a number of reasons. Not only handsome and unique, they’re tough, resilient and thrive in inhospitable soil, the likes of which I have in my McGregor garden. The soil that graces the back section of my property is literally like dune sand. Trying to grow edibles there is a tough gig but when it comes to cacti and succulents, I’m winning.

Actually, even if cacti are a non event in your life, you should still visit the farm to ogle the bizarre looking vegetation. Sheilam has been around for ages- since 1954 – and is owned and operated by the Schwegmann family.

You can walk through the nursery rows where about 2000 species are neatly laid out – plants of all heights, widths, shapes and colours. With weird names like the The Old Man of Peru, Mother-in-Law’s-Chair, Horses’ Teeth, Elephant Feet, Klipplante (stone plants), Bushman’s Grape.

Take a driveoute 62 into a stunning part of the Western Cape and wander through the prickles.

http://www.sheilamnursery.com

Ps, there are a number of superb wine farms in and around Robertson so make a day or weekend of it.