Bulbs forum: snowdrops from seed?

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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Feb 25, 2018 8:53 PM CST
Has anyone tried growing snowdrops from seed? I am trying to get decent coverage and don't think I can afford to get there the more expensive bulb route.

Thoughts?

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 26, 2018 9:01 AM CST
The seeds would need to be fresh, and kept moist at 40 ºF for 3 months. Then shifted to 70º F for the first leaf to show.
Hypogeal germination. ( Dr. Deno)
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pod
Feb 27, 2018 4:38 PM CST
What a pretty photo of them. I've not grown Snow Drops but if they multiply like Snow Flakes, you could naturalize them in a matter of a few years. How large an area are you wanting to cover?
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Feb 28, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Basically, I am getting rid of as much lawn as possible. So, outside of what the dog needs or navigation, it is all up for modification. However, I think even that left in lawn could be used for something which might attract pollinators.
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gemini_sage
Feb 28, 2018 4:50 PM CST
Have you found a source for seeds? I'm interested in this idea as well. I love snowdrops, particularly G. nivalis, but for some reason they've become really pricey over the years! And I don't often see the regular form of G. nivalis offered either. I would so love to recreate this:


I have some little clumps of the double form increasing nicely in a few spots of the garden, but unfortunately they seem to be sterile. I also feel they lack some of the charm of the single bloom.

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crawgarden
Feb 28, 2018 9:40 PM CST
I purchased mine from Colorblends, thought they were fairly reasonable. They seem to be multiplying fairly rapidly.
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CarolineScott
Mar 1, 2018 5:17 PM CST
Seeds or bulbs at ColorBlends ?
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crawgarden
Mar 1, 2018 8:16 PM CST
CarolineScott said:Seeds or bulbs at ColorBlends ?


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Arico
Mar 20, 2018 5:08 AM CST
I'd say harvest whatever seed you can get from your own and sow asap in well draining but moisture retentive soil in a deep tray/pot and keep it outside. They need cold to sprout in spring.
They need to be sown deeper than you'd think 'cause in nature it's ants that drag the seed in their tunnels to eat the little 'thingie' (don't know the english term haha) that's on the seed.
Or you can just leave them to their own devices and let them self seed. They're really good at that though it takes a number of years to flower ofcourse.

After that you can split every reasonably sized clumps you have. In a few years you'll really start to bulk out this way alone!

A third way of getting alot of bulbs is twin scaling: dig up a few bulbs, cut off the top (growing point) end and any too long roots. Put the bulbs upside with the basal plate on the bottom and, using a sharp knife, cut the bulbs in half. Cut the halves again. You can do this as many times as you like. Ofcourse important thing is that every cut piece has a bit of the basal plate, otherwise no bulblets will form.
Put the cut pieces in a freezer bag with a moist medium (sharp sand, vermiculite, potting compost....), shake to cover and put them away something dark and warm for a few months. If done correctly little bulblets will have formed that can be potted up individually. They'll take a year or two to flower also.
Thoroughly sterilize any equipment you use, especially the knife.

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kniphofia
Mar 20, 2018 11:48 PM CST
It would probably be quicker to increase from bulbs. A single bulb can clump up fairly quickly. If you can get them "in the green" rather than dry bulbs they will do better.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Mar 21, 2018 4:23 AM CST
I wish I could find a source for the plain G.nivalis. Brent and Becky's offers a hybrid form, but at over $6 each I don't see that happening! I've never seen the sold in the green.
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Mar 21, 2018 8:33 AM CST
Never saw them sold in the green here either.
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kniphofia
Mar 21, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Ah that's a shame, they do establish better when planted out in the green, but if dry bulbs are all you can get go for it. They are readily available here but perhaps more popular? Once established they will possibly seed around themselves. Some of the snowdrop displays over here have taken generations to establish. The National Trust garden at Wallington Hall which is nearby has planted 400,000 snowdrop bulbs since 2015! My sister has lots of different named varieties as well as the common nivalis and from single bulbs she now has several well established clumps.
Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Mar 21, 2018 11:57 AM CST
I planted 60 in December. So far I have seen 3 in flower. However, since yesterday afternoon we have had 9 inches of snow and it's still falling. Should melt soon. 40F and sunny on the way tomorrow.
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sallysmom
Apr 1, 2018 5:46 AM CST
I do not have snowdrops (too hot where I live) but do have summer snowflakes. We let them make the seed pods & drop the seeds naturally. I think maybe if you could afford to get a few snowdrops they do multiply pretty quickly & you can divide.

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