Growing outside the natural habitat

Lauw de Jager
Tue, 05 Nov 2002 23:25:11 PST
> Georgie a *crit 
I start asking myself why bulbs have so much of an easier time in the Cape Province than in Western North America - and yet I've seen the comparative circumstances, and on some level it starts to become obvious. I then tend to pass over the specific circumstances of each. . .

Thanks for raising this question, which intrigues me for years without
really finding a suitable answer. Some limited places around the méditerranean have similar climatic and geological conditions as the Cape and nevertheless many south African species do not spread with the same ease (mind you, some do Freesia alba, Oxalis pes-caprea etc) 
It surely depends on many factors which  maintains a given species naturally  in its natural habitat  such a rainfall patterns, pollinators,  some protection from predators (or inapt conditions for them to evolve) and diseases etc etc.
It is a huge interesting subject which merits our attention and helps
enormously to improve growing methods. Georgie, please, go into details to let us know  your experience in this matter.

Kind regards

Lauw de Jager 
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