Galanthus  requirements

Sun, 27 Jan 2008 23:59:30 PST

Hi Paul,
i was very interested to hear of australian snowdrops!I hear precious little about them.Interesting comments about G.gracilis.Yes it is always said to be a species for hotter conditions.But oddly last spring I found it growing alongside ,perhaps seasonal, streams in Turkey.True in other places it shot up from heaps of stones so would never get a baking really.And also grew in the base of various 2m tall or so spiny shrubs on the shady side,mostly to avoid grazing animals I suppose.It was never in direct sun there.
Kind regards,

> Message du 28/01/08 08:34
> De : "Paul T." 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] Galanthus  requirements
> At 10:46 AM 28/01/2008, you wrote:
> >Dear Jim,
> >If only you could get Galanthus cilicicus and G.fosteri in some good forms
> >you may have better results.These species don't mind drought or heat quite
> >so much as any others,in act they are quite tender especially G.cilicicus
> Mark et al,
> Add Galanthus gracilis to that list. I find that they much prefer 
> here to be in a sunnier drier place than the other Galanthus (and 
> reginae-olgae seem to be quite happy there as well in most 
> cases). The Galanthus gracilis was for a few years in 5 inch squat 
> pots out on my back landing (which means full sun for half the day or 
> more in summer) and they thrived, multiplied and flowered 
> freely. One year I realised that I shouldn't be doing this (I'd 
> relaised this before, jsut not thought about it during summer) so I 
> repotted them into a bigger pot (around 30 bulbs by that stage) and 
> put them in more shade and kept them damper. They grew and flowered 
> and when repotted the next season there was not a single bulb left in 
> there. Thankfully I had dropped a couple into the ground in a warmer 
> drier summer area (not talking full sun here, but definitely hotter 
> and drier than traditional Galanthus conditions) and I have 
> established a large clump there. I eventually lifted a couple back 
> into a pot and put it back in the original conditions I had them in 
> on the back landing...... those couple within a couple of years 
> multiplied to around 15, probably half of them flowering sized I 
> would hazard. It just goes to show if something works well for you 
> don't change it, whatever the books or advice from people might say!! 
> (The loss of the Primula auricula collection after such advice cured 
> me of that, let me tell you!!)
> All the best from a fellow hopelessly addicted Galanthus collector.
> Cheers.
> Paul T.
> Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9
> Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
> including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
> Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
> anything else that doesn't move!! 
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