Lauw de Jager
Tue, 09 Jul 2002 12:30:56 PDT a *crit :
> I have learned to place the bulbs deeper than what many books describe and by talking to many South African bulb specialists, have found that bulbs in habitat are found very deep, and not because of the cold but because of predation, namely baboons; and of course the deeper you plant a bulb, the more stable the soil temperature, which is why mulches are so beneficial, whether they be organic, inorganic or living, and why I can get away with growing such a wide range of species here. I am also very fond of the word 'microhabitat' and completely believe that 'thought and placement'are the key words to successfully growing anything.

Hello Dave,
Nice to see you here. I never fail to learn from you.  You are so right
about planting depth.  There are several Moraeas which go to 30-40 cm
deep  and really thrive in that condition (cool and relative moist
during dormancy). Examples are M simulans, setifolia, gigandra,
polystachya. They come back every year as mice cannot get at them. But
it takes 2-3 years for the corms to get down to that depth.  

Tell us  some  more about your experience with this Pelargonium  ground
cover. Does it disappear in the winter to leave place for the bulbs?
Would is do well in our medit conditions?  Maybe Mary Sue  can upodate
us with her experience  with the local vetch,(I hope that you can
reassure Bill Welch that it has not become an invasive weed!!) 
Lauw de Jager 
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