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Manuka Availability

We have recently sourced Manuka propagated from seed from the best locations in New Zealand for producing high UMF rating honey, for perfect and profitable honey making.

We have sold out of our Manuka stock and are now taking indent orders for the 2017 planting season. Plants are in PB3/4 size.

We are able to supply the following Manuka varieties:

Seed sourced off the Wairarapa Coast:

*  Good UMF
*  Tough plants
*  Later flowering

Seed sourced from Northland:

*  Great UMF
*  Larger flower
*  Early flowering

Prices incl. GST and are dependent on amount ordered:

1 - 100 $4.00 per plant
100 - 1,000 $3.50 per plant
1,000 - 10,000 $3.00 per plant
10,000 up    $2.50 per plant


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Manuka

History

Manuka has been used by Maori for many centuries as a medicinal aid. The Manuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) has long been treasured by the Maori people, who used the bark and leaves to treat colds, dysentery, fever, and numerous other skin aliments. A decoction of the leaves was drunk for urinary complaints. The steam from leaves was boiled in water and inhaled for head colds. A decoction was prepared from the leaves and bark and the warm liquid was rubbed on stiff muscles and aching joints. Research has confirmed that Manuka Oil is effective when used as an antibacterial, antifungal and anti-flammatory. Manuka Oil has higher antibacterial and antifungal activity than Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia).

Manuka Honey has grown hugely in popularity over the last few years due to its amazing health benefits. And when people hear you say the word 'Manuka' they assume you are talking about Manuka Honey. However Manuka Oil is yet another amazing product that comes from this small prickle shrub that is native to New Zealand. But the oil derived from the Manuka leaf is a hugely effective essential oil. It's many benefits are now being recognised both within the health and beauty industry here in New Zealand and overseas.

Manuka Oil is the oil that is produced by steam distillation of the leaves of the Manuka plant. It is an extremely potent essential oil as it is a concentrated product and contains all the unique properties of the Manuka plant. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used in wound healing as well as many other skin conditions.

Oil Production Harvesting

Manuka has proven itself to be a productive health supplement through its UMF factor in Manuka Honey and also from the oil produced from its leaves.Through our investigations into the current use of Manuka oil around the world, the demand is growing and here in New Zealand we are able to produce and harvest the very best organic Manuka Essential Oil. 

By intensively planting 5-10 hectare blocks of flat farm land in Manuka we are able to produce an estimated 2 litres of oil per 350kg of leaf. 5,000 Manuka can be planted per hectare this would equate to 40 rows per 100m planting at 2.5 centres using weed matting.  Costs are estimated for our 2017 one hectare experimental planting in Otaki.

Cost of Plants per Hectare
Costs PB3/4 $2.50    $12,500.00    Plus GST
Weed mat 80 X 41.40    $3,312.00   
Mat pegs    $1,196.00   
       
Cost to Prepare Land and Plant per Hectare
Labour    $9,000.00   
Land Preparation    $5,000.00   
TOTAL    $31,000.00   

By growing the Manuka intensively in rows we are able to train the Manuka to grow quickly and bush outwards therefore producing more abundant flowers and greens. This method also allows us to grow the Manuka from a small plant to a mature oil producing tree within two years.  By using rows it is simpler to harvest the greens using a trimer which is driven inbetween the rows and trims the Manuka on both sides.  We are able to trim an estimated 2.6kgs of greens off a 2 year old tree.  Per hectare this would equate to 5,000 X 2.6kgs which equals 13 tonne per hectare which yields 74 litres of oil.

In my research I have found manuka oil for sale from $450.00 to $1,500.00 per litre  in the US it is currently selling for USD150.56 - USD203.71 per 100 mils. The cost to produce the oil from the Manuka greens varies depending on the type of Still used for the process of distilling the oil from the greens and the cost to collect the greens.  I have based the oil quantities on research from The Great Barrier Gold website

Revenue

Manuka can be planted on previously inefficient land giving long term viability to sustain a reasonable income for the landowner. Manuka gives a better sustainable and viable land option. By intensively planting small blocks of land of 5-10 hectares a reasonable income can be derived for the land owners. Through much research Manuka trees are selected which are best suited to intensive planting and high yield capacity.  The Manuka is planted in hedge rows, this unique intensive planting approach produces both high UMF manuka honey as well as quick growing greens for extracting oil.

Bee revenue would also be another large source of income, Bob Moore from Hillcrest Honey Ltd based in the Wairarapa is currently reimbursing landowners 30% of revenue received from each hive placed on their property.  Hillcrest manage and look after the hives, initially we would be estimating 20 hives per 5,000 Manuka plants yielding a return of $6,000.00.  The 2017 season will be based on experimental planting and if the research and volume of interest continues to increase we will setup the distilling business in 2018.

Though the main revenue stream from the Manuka is return on the Manuka Oil and the bee hives there are also other income streams which should be considered:

  • Processed greens can be bagged and sold as premium mulch
  • Timber from older plants can be collected and sold as premium pizza oven and wood mulch for smoking etc
  • Manuka greens can be collected for the making of Manuka tea
  • Grazing paddocks, once Manuka is two years old the paddocks can be used for lamb fattening
  • Other popular plants known for their medicinal properties can be planted around the boundary of the i.e Kawakawa, Horopito  and their greens also can be harvested.
     

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