Question about fire and bulbs

Max Withers
Thu, 12 Oct 2006 15:24:46 PDT
There are some memorable photos of geophytes blooming after a fire in 
Table Mountain: A Natural History by Anton Pauw and Steven Johnson, but 
unfortunately not memorable enough that I remember the species. Perhaps 
Haemanthus sanguineus? What I do recall is that some were said to bloom 
only after a fire.

Some relevant articles from Veld and Flora:………

The last documents fire-induced flowering in Orchids.

While we are speaking of South Africa, allow me to digress briefly to 
ask if anyone grows Mimetes in the US.

Max Withers
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> I have been reading a lot about South African bulbs, and references  
> say that some species bloom better after fire.
> I know that a number of other SA plants: restios, proteas, etc.,  
> require fire for seed to germinate, but is it a similar requirement  
> for some of the bulbs?
> Or are bulbs more abundant after fire simply because competing brush  
> is cleared?
> I'm curious about this, because I want to know if the lack of fire in  
> a garden environment (hopefully!) means that some of these bulbs  
> won't grow successfully for the gardener.
> If anyone has insight on this, I'd appreciate it.
> Thanks!
> Mary Gutierrez
> Seattle

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