Natural Habitats of South African Bulbs: Implications for Cultivation
There are a number of South African bulbs held in the Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. However, the collection does not represent fully the diversity in this group. My study aimed to help me develop an understanding of how South African bulbs should be grown in cultivation by viewing them in their natural habitat. I also wanted to gather information on their propagation and investigate species likely to be suitable for outdoor cultivation in the U.K. I would also benefit by gaining field study skills. Funding was made available through the I.P.P.S. Mary Helliar Travel Scholarship and other funding sources.
Invaluable information was gained by seeing the exact growing conditions of particular species in the wild. Through my experience of viewing different species in the wild I was able to help determine the potting mix to use at Kew. The climate of the Amatola mountains near Stutterheim is very much in tune to our own climate in southern England,
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