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Lionseeker

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Galanthus at morning, day and night
« on: February 26, 2020, 03:42:56 AM »
Hi to all,
I'm new to the club and thanks for the welcome from Maggi!
I've had my introduction under another title: "Looking for Australians but anybody can come"
I've moved from Sydney to Oberon (top of the Blue Mountains  ;)) 6 years ago but I've developed leukaemia and I'm still building my garden because I've lost my muscle power at the chemotherapy treatment which lasted 10 months of hospitalisation with a few days break in every months and the oxygen supply in my bloodstream has been reduced because of the reduced number of red blood cells in my body. I've lost about 30% of my oxygen supply and thus I tire very easily and so, my garden is still not finished even though I've got through the hardest part planting the trees. Please don't have a concern because I'm in remission and the doctors gave me two years and that was 6 years ago. So, I'm doing better than good! The soil in Oberon (at least at my place but more people told me so too) is full of broken up volcanic rocks. Some of them needed a jack hammer to break it up because it was so big. From every hole I had to dig, by crowbar mind you because the shovel wouldn't go into the ground from the rocks, 50% was rock instead of soil. The soil itself is good enough to grow the trees once they establish themselves. It will be different for the flower beds. They will have to be heavily improved before use. Even for the bulbs I have to remove the soil and rocks for about 30 cm deep and refill it with an improved soil mix. So I've been digging and digging and digging, did I mention digging? for the past 6 years and the garden is still just a project with only the trees and some bulbs in place. The flower beds as such still to come by blood, sweat and tears. :D
So, at the moment my collection of bulbs are in plastic pots of different size depends on the number of a specific variety of bulbs. Some multiply faster than others.
I've become in the last 6 years a regular galanthophile about 50%. I'm a mad collector but I can't yet identify the differences of species and varieties.
Anyway, my question is to all those people who collect Galanthus and keep them in pots, what kind of potting mix they use? Is it factory produced or everybody mixing their own? What is in the mix?
I don't get a clear answer to this question from Mr Google. My feeling is that he is not a galanthophile  ;D.
And another question is that how often it has to be re-potted and subdivided?
Do they multiply faster if they left alone or do they do it faster if they are re-potted every year?
All help would be appreciated. Thanks.
   
« Last Edit: February 26, 2020, 06:57:03 AM by Lionseeker »
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Re: Galanthus at morning, day and night
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2020, 11:14:37 AM »
I wish you all the  very  best in continuing  your  recovery, and  in getting your  garden dug!

 This  thread  gives  some  advice  for  potting  mixes  from some  very  successful growers ....
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=16165.0

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Re: Galanthus at morning, day and night
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2020, 02:00:02 PM »
I wish you all the  very  best in continuing  your  recovery, and  in getting your  garden dug!

 This  thread  gives  some  advice  for  potting  mixes  from some  very  successful growers ....
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=16165.0


Thanks Maggi for your best wishes and for the link too.
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Re: Galanthus at morning, day and night
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 07:07:01 AM »
I find Galanthus in pots respond better to annual repotting as they can exhaust the nutrients quickly. I find most of the quality commercial mixes here in Australia contain a bit too much rewetting agent, making them too moist. Galanthus don’t like to be too wet. You might be better to get the cheap potting mix (Bunnings or Kmart) and adding your own leaf mold or compost as well as extra grit and slow release fertiliser. Most do better in the ground but if that’s not an option, look for cultivars that grow well in pots. You can always ask the few suppliers that do sell them here which cultivars they’d recommend for pot culture. The main gardeners at Mayfield in Oberon could advise you as well as they use to operate a rare plant nursery. Good luck!
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