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Snowdrops Not! :~(

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I purchased 100 ‘in the green’ double snowdrops last Feb/March and was delighted to receive them all the way from Scotland plus 50 extra free, neatly wrapped and ready to plant. Well this I did and was pleased that I got them into the ground safely and put a small stick against each lot to mark them so I didnt go too mad when digging! I put the flowers in lots of five all down the border so I had thirty lots, should be good next year(Now. Jan 2012) I said to myself, I always talk to myself Lol.
WELL, not one of them has appeared!!!!! I am soooo dissapointed, but tell me friends, does this happen? Should I be patient? I thought buying them in the green meant almost a guarantee of flowers. Ooooo I am very down in the dumps, thought I would have a wonderful display this year. :~(

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That is so disappointing.
Maybe this sounds daft, but do you think the bulbs may have been eaten, perhaps?

28 Jan, 2012

 

All 150 though? I hope not, cannot see any disturbance in the soil, I expected to lose a few but not all Oji.

28 Jan, 2012

 

That's disappointing.
Have you dug test holes to see if any bulbs are there ?

28 Jan, 2012

 

That's shocking isn't it? I would get on to the supplier GG. I have been reading in my magazines that some 'experts' think that planting them 'in the green' is a definite no-no, and yet we have been led to believe in recent years, that this is the way forward. Having said that, I planted a packet or two of bulbs last year and they didn't appear at all either. I am under the impression that Galanthus are actually quite tricky to establish. So sorry that you have been so disappointed with them, but hang on in there...don't give up hope until March...they might come up late, some of mine did last year.

28 Jan, 2012

 

Maybe they're a late variety, Gill? I can imagine your disappointment, but they do vary a lot - so let's hope some will appear soon. :))

28 Jan, 2012

 

I know some people havethem well grown...even flowering, here I can only just see the green shoots so I,d wait and see.. then contact the supplier.

28 Jan, 2012

 

Was just going to say that Sheilabub, I add a few more in our wood each year in the green and they've always flowered the following spring but at the moment its my singles flowering the doubles are only just poking through, so could be the variety, don't give up hope still time :-))

28 Jan, 2012

 

You must be disappointed, after waiting so long. Maybe they're just slow because it's their first year in their new garden. I hope they appear later on for you.

28 Jan, 2012

 

Our snowdrops are flowering nicely now.
I am one of those people, not 'expert' who believes that digging bulbs (any bulb) in the green is damaging to the bulb as it denies the bulb the opportunity to regain the energy that it has expended in the leaves. Equally, those dried out desicated things sold in garden centers in late summer should be avoided. Snowdrop bulbs are not cheap and cheap offers often lead to disapointment. If you search the web you will find sellers who offer snowdrop bulbs that have just been lifted in late spring/early summer. These should be reliable.
Having said all that I would have expected some of the bulbs to be showing green leaves, at least. Maybe mice or voles have been having a feast?

28 Jan, 2012

 

I hope so too,Gmage..it's awful when you have done all that hard work,planting them out..and spent all that money too..keep looking..I'm sure you will see them later..:o)

28 Jan, 2012

 

some of mine .... only a few .... are flowering , but most only just pokeing tro , wait and see gill ............. i put bulbs and in green last year so like you am waiting to see !! .............. the ones in tubs are in flower . xxxx

28 Jan, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Grandmadge this not unusual,there are several reasons why they may not have shown,the one i have seen most is root damage, they do not lift them gently out of the ground when I have seen them they appear to have been almost pulled out tearing off a large part of the roots,and as Bulbaholic has already said the bulb is unable to rebuild energy,assuming they are still alive they may well stay under ground for another 1-2 years recovering.
Add this to the terrible weather we had last year,the bulbs do not like being frozen when disturbed, and bulbs freshly planted in loose soil would allow the frost into the ground very easily.
If none grow in the next few weeks come late spring lift the soil and see if you can find them(they are not the easiest thing to find) if none the chances are they rotted.I don't personally have a problem lifting them in the green but i do take as much care as possible .
One final thought if you planted them very deep they may not have adjusted to there optimum depth which means they may still be on there way up.Hope so.
A lot of mine were bought years back at a hardy Plant Society Sale might be worth a look.
B.

28 Jan, 2012

 

I thought snowdrops were almost indestructible! I've moved mine at all different stages of growth and they've been OK. Such a disappointment for you.

28 Jan, 2012

 

That is a shame....I have never had much luck with bulbs of any kind and would be feeling exactly like you :(
I have put a few in pots which seem to be doing ok.
Wait a few more weeks and have a wee root around and see if you can find any bulb.

28 Jan, 2012

 

I'm finding the same as Simbad - the singles are flowering but the doubles are only just coming through the soil

28 Jan, 2012

 

I have double snowdrop's flowering, I first noticed them last week, but it is a well established clump. I have never moved or divided them.What a shame Grandmage :-(

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hello all, thank you for your very interesting comments which I have taken on board and will 'wait & see'. I am wondering if I am too hasty and they will appear, also another hope that the double ones flower a little later, I am not sure if I will find them all now so looking for them will be impossible, I think!! I wonder if the drought last year affected them too? So many factors to think about, so I thank you all and I will wait and be patient, I will certainly get in touch with Tweedbank bulbs at a later date and I wait in between time with baited breath!! Many thanks again, will let you know!

28 Jan, 2012

 

Hope your patience pays off, Grandmage, after all your hard work putting the bulbs in. Fingers crossed for you :)

29 Jan, 2012

 

I would play the waiting game and that might be next year! as I find snow drops can take a couple of years to get going.

29 Jan, 2012

 

good point made mine are doubles, when I split them I do it just after flowering ... so that I know where they are

29 Jan, 2012

 

Mine in the lawn are up and flowering at this time every year but the ones I have transplanted 'in the green' into the borders are only just showing the tiniest tip. Wait a bit longer as everyone is saying. They can't all have disappeared I wouldn't have thought.

29 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks folks, you are right, I must be more patient but had this lovely thought in my head last year of a new border full of snowdrops etc...... still they might come up, thanks Gee, Drc. think you may be right, Pam I got mine 'in the green' and planted them safely and Hb. its funny my really old ones in the lawn are up, it is the new ones that are hiding!!!

29 Jan, 2012

 

Have they show up yet GM? I do hope so, would squirrels eat them?

4 Feb, 2012

 

Squirrels don't seem interested, Dotty.

4 Feb, 2012

 

Not a peep Dd :~(

4 Feb, 2012

 

Oh what a shame, ours still not fully out, reckon they got buried under too much soil they are going to be moved at the first sign of a good day, not holding my breath lol

11 Feb, 2012

 

What will you do Dd. re-plant them shallower?

11 Feb, 2012

 

yey went round garden yesterday , and ................. i have snowdrops WOOOOO HOOOOO lol , have yours apeared yet madge !!! xxx

14 Feb, 2012

 

Well its very soggy out there, cannot see any, but then I havn't looked closely. Glad you have some Crisi, i do love them. x

14 Feb, 2012

 

i was very surprized lol , so heres hopeing for you !

14 Feb, 2012

 

Many thanks. I hope so too.

14 Feb, 2012

 

My doubles are in flower under the shrubs, those more open are still green

15 Feb, 2012

 

Oooohh lovely Pam. I am glad for you.

15 Feb, 2012

 

I have leaves coming through where I planted my double snowdrops - no sign of any flower buds yet though

15 Feb, 2012

 

Oh thats interesting Andrew, I will go out and have a good look tomorrow, if I can remember where I planted all mine!!

15 Feb, 2012

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