Snowdrops in the green

J.E. Shields
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:21:52 PST
I'm with John and Jane on this, traitorously abandoning both my fellow 
Jims.  And I don't even ship Galanthus.

I occasionally ship a few other bulbs, but I never see those again after I 
seal the boxes.  I do repot and dig, divide, and replant lots of other 
bulbs.  It's my observation that bulbs transplant best just before they are 
ready to start growing again.  That is, I repot/divide just before there 
are outward signs of new root or leaf growth starting, very near the end of 
dormancy.  At that time, the hormonal flush that initiates new growth and 
the end of dormancy is in full swing.  The bulbs are primed to grow, 
regardless of the disturbances they endure.

I suspect that Galanthus are for some reason particularly well suited to 
withstand the stress of being bashed in the midst of their active growth 
phase.  Moving "in the green" would probably do irreparable harm to most 
other bulbs.  I think Galanthus survive this process (I almost wrote 
"barbaric") because they can, not because it is the best way to handle them.

Spoken as an outsider looking in on the weird world of snowdrops.

Jim Shields
in snowy central Indiana, USA
where Galanthus are not a big thing probably because our weather is always 
impossibly bad when they bloom.

At 09:08 AM 12/21/2010 -0800, you wrote:
>I completely agree with John Grimshaw that Galanthus should be shipped 
>Jane McGary
>Portland, Oregon, USA

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
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