Question about fire and bulbs

Mary Gutierrez
Wed, 11 Oct 2006 09:57:12 PDT
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.


Mary Gutierrez

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