So how well do snowdrops do in clay?

Paul T.
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:48:45 PST
At 03:54 PM 22/01/2010, you wrote:

>Do  snowdrops of any variety have a chance here in the midwest clay?


Do you amend your soil at all with compost, sand etc?  Here in 
Canberra we are a clay soil to start with, with by building up 
organic matter (compost, mulch etc) and adding sand for drainage we 
make the soil far from it's normal "concrete" (i.e when it dries it 
sets like concrete) clay consistency that we have here naturally.  If 
you do the same you shouldn't have any problems with growing 
anything.  With the right amendments I can grow from acid loving to 
alkaline loving plants, good to poor drainage requirements etc.  It 
is all in the preparation! <grin>

And Galanthus are SO worth growing!!  My collection of 50 or so 
different varieties is nothing in the greater scheme of things, but I 
get a great deal of enjoyment out of them every year.  Between 
everything from the autumn flowering species (G. reginae-olgae and G. 
peshmenii start here in early April) through to the very latest 
varieties (that finish flowering September/early October) we get 
close to 6 months in total of having snowdrops in flower, although 
obviously only a few at either end and lots more in the middle.  Such 
a very cool plant to have growing here, and one I much look forward 
to at the present time when we're getting temps of around 38'C 
today.  Bring on autumn!! LOL

Good luck.


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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