Litchi Farming in South Africa

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Summertime in South Africa is synonomous with Litchis. These fruit are harvested from October to February.

Although a small producer compared to the volumes produced by China, South Africa’s litchi production contributes to an important supply of southern hemisphere fruit to markets in the European winter.

The majority of litchis are produced in the warm subtropical areas of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces where these fruits are harvested from October to the end of February. 

This section gives a general overview of litchi farming in South Africa and hopes to increase the knowledge and enjoyment of this summer fruit.

By Marinda Louw

How to Farm Litchis

The fruit grows on clusters on large evergreen trees which can take six to eight years to come into full production....more

Litchi Cultivars

Litchis are not indigenous to South Africa; litchi cultivars were imported from the state of Florida in the United of America as well as from India, Taiwan and China....more

Litchi Production

Litchis are a tropical fruit that originated in China and has been farmed there for centuries. Litchis grow well in the hot, humid and frost-free areas of subtropical regions in South Africa, mainly the northeastern parts of South Africa....more

About Litchis

The litchi or lychee as it also called (Litchi chinensis) is native to the subtropical regions of southeast China and has been cultivated there since 2000 A.D....more

Management Practices for Litchis

Management practices in litchi farming depend on the management style, the intensity of farming, and on the cultivar....more