Jane McGary
Tue, 03 Feb 2004 08:58:41 PST
A couple of responses on recent postings on this topic:

Chipping the bulb was mentioned for propagating. Like Joy Bishop, I buy my 
expensive cultivars by the "each" and coddle them in pots for a few years. 
I hadn't tried chipping the snowdrops yet but will do so. I have noticed 
that bulbs attacked by bulb fly but not totally destroyed often form 
bulblets around the rim of the damaged area, showing the plant's innate 
defense against such damage.

Galanthus reginae-olgae is not grown in the open here because of the wet 
winters, but it does very well in the bulb frame and in pots plunged on my 
covered deck, where the temperature dipped below 20 degrees F (minus 6 C) 
recently for a couple of days. I have heard that it does not perform well 
in the US Northeast, presumably because of the deeper cold, but perhaps 
because of the damp summers. Another plant that does well here, G. plicatus 
'Dionysus', is also said not to flower well in New York state.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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