Last weekend we visited our study area to check the survival of the plantation. Despite spring this year was unusually rainy, summer has been hot and dry, as it is usually the case. In our region, summer is the biggest constraint to plant recruitment, thus it determines which plants will survive in this environment, only the most resilient will do it.
Some of the plants resisted summer draught successfully. Survival rate was within expected range, as you can see in the figure. In some cases, like Quercus ilex, it is too soon to confirm their mortality, thus it may sprout later. We have to wait until next spring to confirm their survival rate.