Snowdrops and summer heat/drought

Paul T.
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 22:57:17 PST
>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 et al,

Galanthus gracilis for me does best with hot and relatively dry 
summers.  I for years grew some in a pot in full summer sun, because 
I kept forgetting they were there (they did get relatively regular 
watering in their pot, but they definitely were not kept permanently 
damp, just not dessicated!).  One year I decided to put some into the 
ground, and repotted the rest of them into a large pot and put it in 
a more traditional place for Galanthus and awaited a spectacular 
display...... every single one in the large pot rotted!!  Thankfully 
I still had a couple in the ground which did OK.  They were planted 
under maples where they were relatively dry in summer, but they never 
did flower very well.  I've since lifted some of those back out into 
pots and put them back in the original area where they get the summer 
heat and they have multiplied very well and are starting back into 
proper flowering.  I am not sure I could give any other Galanthus the 
same treatment and have them thrive like gracilis does.  It works for 
me anyway! <grin>

All the best for the Silly Season everyone.  I hope it brings you all 
what you are hoping for.  Snow on the mountains around us here last 
week, and 30'C or so today.  Go figure!! LOL


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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