J.E. Shields
Tue, 03 Feb 2004 07:00:32 PST
Jim W. and all,

I'm not sure where I got the idea that Galanthus reginae-olgae was 
tender.  Since I have only one bulb of it, I think I'll try out the 
approach that Joy Bishop told about in the Alpine-L TOW:  Grow a rare or 
expensive bulb in a pot until it forms two bulbs.  Then take one and 
propagate it by chipping.  When the remaining bulb doubles again, plant one 
outdoors in the ground and chip the other.  Pretty soon, you have quite a 
nice little collection of that clone, cultivar, species, etc.

Someday we need a TOW on propagation of rare, difficult or self-sterile 
species.  I wish I knew more about that.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 08:13 AM 2/3/2004 -0600, Jim Waddick wrote:
>>  However, I grow Galanthus reginae-olgae in a pot in the greenhouse, 
>> because it is likely to be tender outdoors in the ground. Jim Shields
>         I live in a harsher climate than you and have grown G. 
> reginae-olgae in the ground for years where it is one of the more 
> reliable species. I think my problem with snowdrops is our droughty 
> conditions, but reginae-olgae comes from  summer dry climates and holds 
> up very well. It is certainly hardy enough.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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