Oleander farm blossoms into record book

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Nestled in the vast fields of D’Hanis, where the Hill Country on the horizon creates a transcendental landscape, is the world’s largest oleander farm.

It’s 200-plus acres of farmland of which an estimated 60 acres are planted with more than 100,000 Nerium oleander plants of hearty red variety. Later this month, the farm will be recognized with a Guinness World Record designation.

The plants provide the raw material for Nerium Biotechnology’s Inc. skincare and therapy products, and on Thursday morning a group of South Korean potential distributors traveled more than 6,800 miles to Texas to tour the farm.

“These plants are a renewable resource. Nerium Biotechnology starts here at this farm,” explained Dennis Knocke, president of Nerium Biotechnology, Inc. during the tour.

Joel Curtis, director of farm operations for Nerium Biotechnology, Inc., was also onsite presenting during the tour, and answering questions from the international visitors.

Curtis started the initial research field 21 years ago. Prior to this undertaking, Curtis grew fig and pecan orchards.

When this all started, there were no commercial Nerium oleander farms and, the system for farming them had to be developed from scratch.


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