Galanthus hardiness

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 01 May 2012 10:37:08 PDT
On 30 Apr 2012, at 23:26, Jacek Zwoli ski wrote:

> My experience with general bulb commerce in Europe is the following: galanthus
> bulbs survive drying, though injured while leucojum vernum do not survive.
> Purchase directly from the nursery that grows the bulbs may shorten the dry
> period and thus help the bulbs to survive.

I have had reasonable success with flabby fall-purchased commercial Leucojum 
vernum by soaking as described in my earlier message, potting up in clean, 
washed sand, and keeping in a cold frame over winter. However, when planted out 
in growth the next spring, very few survived.

My suspicion is that though this treatment brings them to life, the bulbs are 
still quite weak and prone to rot in the open garden. If they ever turn up 
again locally, I would keep them in their pot of sand for at least another 
growing season before planting out.

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

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