By Richard L. Doutt
The Cape Province of South Africa enjoys a Mediterranean weather just like that of a lot of California, however the unique bulbs local to the zone can, with right care, be grown in harsher & wetter climates. This ebook describes the author's favorites, all of which he has effectively grown in his backyard.
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Boussard's garden are grown under frames protected by movable glass. The glass cover is removed during the growth season of the winter-growing Cape bulbs from October until May but replaced in case of snow or frost. The ground in Dr. 1 cm) for a week or sometimes two. Under these conditions, Dr. Boussard reports Page 36 that the corms are unharmed even if the foliage is injured. He found that all his winter-growing Cape irids withstood a few degrees of frost, and severalGladiolus floribundus, G.
Successful cultivation of South African plants is possible in California because it shares a Mediterranean climatecharacterized by winter rainfall and summer droughtwith part of the Cape Province. This type of climate is a rarity, occurring in only three other places in the world, namely, southern and western Australia, central Chile, and portions of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea (see Figure 1-9). In total, the areas constitute only about one percent of the earth's land surface.
If different species or varieties are grown, the bulbs should be labeled. The stored bulbs can be dusted with an insecticidal or fungicidal dust. In northern latitudes, most Cape bulbs are ready to be replanted in containers or in the garden in early September. It is advisable to inspect the bulbs for signs of growth earlier, for some are ready to replant as early as August. I am always surprised to find roots developing and shoots starting to grow when I have scarcely removed the July page from the calendar.
Cape Bulbs: Their Collection, Cultivation and Conservation by Richard L. Doutt