The experiments

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The experiments


The development of the Botanical Park in numbers as of 15-10-2019

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The cumulative introduction figures.

Year (Cumulative) 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cultivar introductions 6 6 45 75 111 193 271 743 817 865 865 870 883 913 921
Botanic introductions 39 39 42 50 58 75 124 759 811 862 866 1298 2136 4320 5808
Taxon introductions 45 45 87 125 169 268 395 1502 1628 1727 1731 2168 3019 5233 6729
Seed Germinations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 38 38 43 414 2125

The hybrids.
In the beginning we mainly bought hybrids. Slowly, as our knowledge increased and the plans for the botanical garden assumed further shape, we turned our attention to purchasing botanical taxa (see above).

Obtention of plants and seeds.

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The yearly obtention figures per taxon.

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cultivars 6 0 39 34 36 82 101 490 110 71 6 7 25 44 15
Botanic 39 0 5 9 10 20 63 666 92 94 16 501 1082 2923 2214
Taxon 45 0 44 43 46 102 164 1156 202 165 22 508 1107 2967 2229
Seed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 823 87 1469 2797 1405 3501

Obtentions of the plants and the deaths

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Yearly obtentions of the plants and the deaths in figures.

Year (Quantity) 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cultivar Units 249 0 71 84 70 3 084 12 871 12 852 3 895 691 142 23 140 187 107
Botanic Units 828 0 26 8 268 2 878 884 2 351 4 749 2 267 1 441 308 3 990 9 420 20 295 9 922
Taxon Units 1 077 0 97 8 352 2 948 3 968 15 222 17 601 6 162 2 132 450 4 013 9 560 20 482 10 029
Taxon Units Death 180 0 40 886 88 522 663 5 269 2 017 1 133 217 1 263 2 691 1 978 263

The seed development

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The seeds.
Because we work with rare species and taxa that grow far from our region, it is rarely possible to buy the plants we are looking for. For this reason, we spent a lot of time looking, not only at nurseries but also at seed suppliers. This search is now paying off and in the last years we have been able to buy a large quantity of seeds. Some of them are already germinating in our nursery or with our partners.

We are seeing a clear shift in the purchase of plants towards our own production.

The pre-selection.
We have listed a wide range of plants of more than 63,000 taxa (plants spieces) + synonyms  which have been listed in a database to identify the botanical taxa whose presence is found in the Mediterranean climate zones and which can be obtained.
We have defined areas with specific spheres unique to each Mediterranean region. The procedure induces the acquisition of young plants and/or seeds which are placed in culture according to the need of each type of plant (in nurseries or directly in our experimental gardens). We conduct tests and acclimatization phases to complete the process by the final planting.

Future.
We still have to test about 9,000 botanical taxa integrated into our data base and drawn in the design of the future botanical park. These amounts may change because of our future trips… The table below provides a non-exhaustive list of botanical taxa (seeds and cuttings) that we can currently acquire to test.

Californie Afrique du Sud Australie Chili Bassin méditerranéen (NouvelleZelande) (Asie) Total
1,887 4,514 3,245 1,419 4,326 (448) (4,208) 15,391