snowdrop bulbs when to plant

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:58:15 PDT
Good to know, Bob -- thanks! Parts of British Columbia's interior has a similar climate to Denver (where I lived for several years), or at least the "wet parts of the Front Range" and I will pass on your experience to my gardening friends in "the Interior" as we call it.
Jo Canning
Vancouver Island

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>The story always is to move them "in the green", i.e. with leaves. I 
don't believe that is a good thing.

That depends. My experience has been that snowdrops shipped in the green do just as well as those sent as bulbs later on in the year, and the autumn-flowering snowdrops do better, here, when received in the green earlier in the year. They have all that extra time to settle down.
Plants of Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus Hiemalis Group etc. shipped in the green, in spring, flower in November; bulbs of the same, received in autumn, do not.  Some of the monostictus types failed when planted in the garden as bulbs in autumn; there was quite a bit of cold damage to the leaves. I suspect that the bulbs did not had time to manufacture cryoprotective sugars for the leaves in the few short weeks between planting and sending up leaves, so now they go into a frame built just for snowdrops, where they get extra water, verbal encouragement, protection from cold, and so forth, until the next year.

Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado
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