rare/specialty forms of galanthus

Peter Taggart petersirises@gmail.com
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:24:04 PDT
Its easy to post them, - but not to do so legally?

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM, Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net>wrote:

> Kevin wrote
> >Dear Fellow Bulb Fanatics-
> >
> >
> >Subject line says it.
> >Seems they are difficult to locate in the states.  Any suggestions
> >or better to offer?  Would like to get some soon.
> >
> >Experience has taught me they are best to move "in the green" or
> >immediately afterward.
> >Galanthus do so beautifully in up state N.Y. that it would be fun to
> >try to develop them here.
> First, the only specialist supplier I know of in the US is Hitch
> Lyman, Temple Nursery, PO Box 591, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Kevin
> didn't find him because Mr. Lyman does not use computers and thus has
> no website. He sells common kinds for about $3 a bulb and other kinds
> for very high prices ($20-$30).
> Second, although Kevin believes that moving snowdrops in growth is a
> good way to relocate them, and Mr. Lyman does also, most growers now
> are convinced that this is a myth that began when we didn't have the
> ability to store the dormant bulbs properly and ship them quickly.
> When I was selling bulbs I always sent my Galanthus bulbs dormant in
> late summer, packed in barely moist vermiculite, and I've received
> healthy bulbs from the UK and Latvia at this stage also. It also
> means much less expense! We may hear from Galanthus expert John
> Grimshaw soon on this topic.
> Though I'm no galanthophile (snowdrop fanatic), we do have a few here
> in the Pacific Northwest and it's likely that we'll slowly build up a
> community stock of select varieties that will eventually be
> disseminated. One problem is that the genus Galanthus is CITES
> controlled (because of harvesting in the wild in Turkey) and
> therefore very expensive to import: each listed genus in an order
> requries a separate, costly CITES permit, even if the material being
> shipped is a named variety that's been propagated in gardens for a century.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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