Merrill Jensen
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 15:51:48 PDT
Hi All,

I've grown snowdrops in various locations over the last 25 years.  They have
done well in Eastern Washington (zone 6), SW Idaho (zone 6/7) and the
Willamette Valley (zone 8) in Oregon.  I've always had them where they get
full spring sun where they can take advantage of the warming rays to bloom,
but by the time they are done, other plant material has grown up to disguise
the drying foliage.  I have also grown everything that is commercially
available with equal results despite differing soil types in the different
locations.  Conditions ranged from a pH of 8.2 with heavy clay in Idaho to a
5.4, wonderful humus filled loam in Oregon.  My favorite has been G. nivalis
'Viridi-apice' and the least; G. nivalis 'Flore Pleno' (look like over blown
bloomers...).  In every location, I could count on them to start blooming
the last week in January, with some minor variation due to snows.  They all
colonized well and were one of my favorites, next to species tulips.  Eight
months ago, I relocated to the Bay Area where they don't receive enough of a
winter chill, so am forced to explore the wide, wonderful world of South
African geophytes.... Damn....

Merrill Jensen
Director of Horticulture
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA  94301

Zone 9/10, where tulips are expensive annuals and Chasmanthe are weeds

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Mark Smyth
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:02 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] snowdrops

> How are others growing their snowdrops?

all over now for the 2004/5 season.

N Ireland

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