The term #SpekboomChallenge has cropped up a lot lately all over social media. If you’re not already part of this incredible viral movement, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about…
What is spekboom?
Spekboom is a succulent plant that’s indigenous to SA. It’s also called ‘pork bush’, ‘elephant’s food’ (aptly named after the majestic creatures who love to eat it) and, lately, ‘wonder plant’.
Why is spekboom so popular?
The juicy, vitamin C-rich leaves of this resilient little succulent, which can live for up to 200 years, are edible. They have a sort of tart or lemony taste – the elephants are definitely on to something! The succulent has been praised for its ability to help prevent soil erosion. It’s also a drought-resistant plant that’s perfect for low-maintenance gardeners. In fact, according to our sister magazine Garden and Home, water-wise spekboom can survive on between 250 and 350mm of water a year!
This evergreen plant is also adaptable, quite happily growing in most environments, from semi-arid to rainforest-like. The most wondrous part about this plant, however, is its role in the fight against climate change (read more under ‘What’s the challenge?’). Oh, and did we mention it’s superbly easy to propagate (to plant it from a cutting)? Check out this How to Grow Spekboom video from Woolworths…
What’s the #SpekboomChallenge?
In the fight against global warming, the aim is to reduce ever-increasing carbon emissions in our atmosphere, which contribute to climate change. Spekboom excels at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.
The #SpekboomChallenge seems to have started with a pledge by Boplaas farm to establish one million spekboom plants by 2025. Following in their footsteps, many South Africans have taken up the challenge, planting their own spekboom.
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Have you taken part of the #spekboomchallenge ? – We at Avahazel.store have planted 15 little spekboom plants so far and going to plant even more 🌱 Of those plants Ava has planted 5 it’s a fun activity to get your kids involved in and it’s super good for our earth. The spekboom is also edible and one of Ava’s most fav things to eat in the garden. – – – – – – – #spekboomchallenge #plantspekboom #goodfortheplanet #proudlysouthafrican #plantsofinstagram #spekboommovement #spekboomchallenge2020#savetheenvironment
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SPEKBOOM🌱🌱⠀ ⠀ So I decided to join the #spekboomchallenge and here’s why 😁⠀ ⠀ • It’s a proudly South African plant 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 Yay us🙌🏻 ⠀ ⠀ • It absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. So it’s just out there cleaning our air for free🌬😬⠀ ⠀ • By absorbing CO2, it helps to fight climate change 🌍 so it’s saving our planet from warming ☄️🔥⠀ ⠀ • The internet says you can eat it 🤷🏻♀️🥗⠀ ⠀ • It’s water wise 💧💧💧 and easy to look after⠀ ⠀ So here’s me with my new babies 🌱🌱💁🏻♀️⠀ ⠀ Once they are ready, I will gladly share them with you 🎁⠀ ⠀ I purchased the plants and soil from @starkeayresgardencentre and got these trays free from their recycling box ♻️#aurorasustainability #spekboom #co2extraction #climatechange #globalwarming Join the challenge with @aurorasustainability
Here at Essentials, we’ve got our own little plant to take care of, courtesy of The Glass Recycling Company. It not only looks lovely, but it’s a reminder we’re doing our bit for the environment.