There is a big difference between sending a friend off with a clump of blooming snowdrops encased in a clod of moist earth that gets planted within a short time, and a nursery worker digging up a similar clump, removing most of the soil from it, separating it into individual plants, wrapping them in plastic and mailing them off to customers. In the first case, many of the plants in the clump won't be disturbed much if at all, but in the second case, they are all disturbed several times over. Planting snowdrops "in the green" was started because snowdrops did not take kindly to being dug and dried in hot conditions in Turkey and similar places. I imagine the treatment of snowdrop bulbs has improved a lot now that they are being farmed in the mountains in Turkey. Diane Whitehead On 20-Dec-10, at 4:00 PM, Jim McKenney wrote: > John Grimshaw’s asseverations on the topic of moving snowdrops, > which I > trust were made with the best of intentions, certainly run counter > to a > lifetime of my experiences as a backyard snowdrop grower.