Fynbos and Fire

Fynbos and fire work closely together. When a patch of fynbos burns, the fire will provide the boost that allows dormant seeds to germinate. Also, many smaller fynbos bulbs, and plants that die after a year or two, have the opportunity to flower and seed because the sunlight can now reach them and they can make use of the abundant nutrients. When the plants next to them grow tall again, they will then become dormant until the next fire.

Fires should occur in the fynbos between 10 and 15 years. But if fires burn more often, they could kill fynbos plants that take a long time to mature. If fires do not burn often enough, the fynbos plants could die before the fire reaches them. A combination of correctly timed wild fires and managed burns is optimal.