So how well do snowdrops do in clay?

dave s
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 05:30:13 PST
At my gf's place, there are snowdrops coming up everywhere and her yard has
very heavy clay soil.  I wouldn't worry about it.

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 1:48 AM, Paul T. <> wrote:

> At 03:54 PM 22/01/2010, you wrote:
> >Do  snowdrops of any variety have a chance here in the midwest clay?
> Anita,
> Do you amend your soil at all with compost, sand etc?  Here in
> Canberra we are a clay soil to start with, with by building up
> organic matter (compost, mulch etc) and adding sand for drainage we
> make the soil far from it's normal "concrete" (i.e when it dries it
> sets like concrete) clay consistency that we have here naturally.  If
> you do the same you shouldn't have any problems with growing
> anything.  With the right amendments I can grow from acid loving to
> alkaline loving plants, good to poor drainage requirements etc.  It
> is all in the preparation! <grin>
> And Galanthus are SO worth growing!!  My collection of 50 or so
> different varieties is nothing in the greater scheme of things, but I
> get a great deal of enjoyment out of them every year.  Between
> everything from the autumn flowering species (G. reginae-olgae and G.
> peshmenii start here in early April) through to the very latest
> varieties (that finish flowering September/early October) we get
> close to 6 months in total of having snowdrops in flower, although
> obviously only a few at either end and lots more in the middle.  Such
> a very cool plant to have growing here, and one I much look forward
> to at the present time when we're getting temps of around 38'C
> today.  Bring on autumn!! LOL
> Good luck.
> Cheers.
> Paul T.
> Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9
> Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world
> including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias,
> Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about
> anything else that doesn't move!!
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