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My First "Twin Scaling"


By naoto


Since I read some people propagating galanthus by twin-scaling so I gave two varieties of mine a try last spring…..

One is,

“Lady Beatrix Stanley”. Started on 20/05/2013

The other one is,

“Augustus”. Started on 08/06/2013

I’ll skip the detailed procedure because it’s being debated everywhere so you can find and read it on the internet easily. Loosely speaking; sterilise all the equipment you use (including your hands!), then wash the bulb well, slice it (with basal plate) and sterilise it, mix it with wetty vermiculite and place it in darkness around 20c temperature.

One difference was that I used plastic containers with lids rather than plastic bags with strings. In my point of view, using plastic containers is better than bags because more secure, it’s air-tight so it could shut out all unwanted bacterias and I could see what was going on inside easily.

Three months later…..Voila!

“Lady Beatrix Stanley” (09/2013)

“Augustus” (09/2013)

Not perfect, but at least they’re not rotten and have produced some potential bulblets.

After that, I simply planted them in 50/50 of multi-purpose compost and vermiculite.

That’s all, folks! Peace!

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I have never tried twin-scaling; never had the courage to make the first cut across a precious bulb. However, naoto, you did and seem to have done well! Congratulations.

6 Sep, 2013


You're very brave Naoto, I wouldn't know how or dare to try. Well done you!

6 Sep, 2013


Wonderful - clever you!

6 Sep, 2013


Well done you now the wait.a fascinating experiment none the less
I am hoping I may have a few flowers in 2014 from the ones I did in 2010,Have not tried any more although It did not prove that difficult.
my feeling is the more common ones increase nearly as quick in the ground.

6 Sep, 2013


Thank you for your comments!
.....and people call this "beginner's luck"........ ;-)

7 Sep, 2013


You did all the right things over a three month period that's not luck that's dedication the same as you have with all your other alpines you show us.

7 Sep, 2013


Thank you, Bjs!

I think I'll have another go with my G.nivalis lutescens (yellow snowdrop which is my favourite) next year if it produces an adequate size of bulblet. It only produced one small bulblet this spring so I couldn't use it for twin-scaling..... :-(

7 Sep, 2013

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