Galanthus hardiness

Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:15:04 PDT
On 29 Apr 2012, at 10:03, Linda Foulis wrote:

> What is the hardiest Galanthus and to what zone?
> I had put in Galanthus nivalis last fall however it appears they did not
> survive, even though we had an extremely mild winter.  Could they be grown
> in a pot that was over-wintered in a cold garage? 

If cold means "but never below freezing", you might have success. In my 
experience, even here in Victoria, bulbs in pots are far more prone to being 
killed by freezing than the same bulbs planted out.

Mark Brown pointed out two important points: the provenance of the bulbs; and 
their condition when received. I cannot add to what he said on these points, 
other than to say that if you receive galanthus bulbs that are dried and 
flabby, soak them in water until they firm up. Be sure to change the water 
daily so they don't rot.

The same is true, in spades, of Leucojum vernum.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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