Bulbils produce shoots

It is 6 months to the day since we chipped our dormant bulbs of Snowdrop ‘Magnet’ and the bulbils have grown shoots!

Each bulb was cut up into approximately 8-10 slithers, each slither  used its food reserves from the fleshy leaves (think onions) to feed tiny dormant buds on the hard basal plate.  Now those buds have swollen producing roots (in October / November) and now shoots.  We are tending our bulbils by keeping them in seed trays with protection from the winter weather.

Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society putting their hands to specialist propagation techniques in order to put Shepton Mallet back on the map as home to  Glanthus ‘Magnet’.