Snowdrops in the green

Jane McGary
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:08:57 PST
I completely agree with John Grimshaw that Galanthus should be 
shipped dormant. I've bought them both ways, and those received 
dormant (all the way from England, and some from John) settled in 
much better than those received in growth.

When I was selling surplus bulbs, I put those that needed not to be 
dried out too much into plastic bags with a little barely moist 
vermiculite, and left the top of the bag slightly open while they 
were waiting to be shipped, which could take two to three weeks. I 
kept all the sale bulbs in a cool, dim room. Then I shipped them in a 
similar bag with vermiculite. I didn't get any complaints about the 
snowdrops. I think this is also a good way to handle some Fritillaria 
species (not those from arid regions, which usually have an outer 
layer of dried scale almost like a tunic) and those Narcissus that 
make root growth early in autumn.

Mark wrote:
>Other than Galanthus cilicicus and G.peshmenii I can't offhand think 
>of any snowdrop that really experiences significant drought and heat in summer.

I've read that G. fosteri also tolerates summer drought, and it did 
well in an unirrigated part of my former garden, where there is 
little or no summer rainfall.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

More information about the pbs mailing list