rare/specialty forms of galanthus

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:32:56 PDT
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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