sourcing unusual galanthus

Rimmer deVries
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:21:48 PDT
The common Dutch imported snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis, G. elwesii and G. woronowii) from typical mail order places and local retailers seem to do well here in SE Michigan
I typically plant them as early as the bulbs are available for the local retalers in Late August. 
I just scatter the bulbs on the surface and sprinkle dirt and pine bark mulch over top and water in. because tree roots make it too difficult to dig them in. and water in.
by next summer the bulbs will be on the surface and i top them again, these multiply like weeds in the summer dry clay soil under the trees and anywhere the seeds fall. 

if the bulbs appear dry soak the bulbs for a few hours and plant in pots and overwinter in a cold frame or cold greenhouse and they should grow the roots needed to survive. 
 if you dont have a cold frame bury the pots under a pile of damp leaves in the shade near the house foundation.

Fall blooming snow drops planted last September and blooming in the garden in Dec.- January before the super cold are reappearing in the melting snow now with blooms unfazed by the 20“ of snow cover 

Zone 5 (this winter was Zone 4) 

> On Mar 7, 2015, at 4:33 PM, Laura Hawthorn <> wrote:
> Copiously available...hahahaha...sorry, couldn't resist the hysterical laughter.  Anyway, even if I can get hold of some bulbs in the fall, my experience with them hasn't been at all satisfactory.  Same issue as Bob Nold mentioned - they just don't have time to establish themselves before winter hits. And here, in Toronto, it's quite possible to get a snap freeze in early November.

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