Propagating snowdrops 201530th July 2015
Bulbs are supposed to be fully dormant when chipping or twin scaling, I noticed that the flower bud had started to grow and therefore the bulbs were not fully dormant. I did not attend last year’s propagation session so did not spot this. I think propagating in late July is too late. Many of our members report failure from last year’s propagation. In 2016 we should set a date for late June.
Chipping appears to raise more new plants than twin scaling when using snowdrop bulbs or at least it is easier to cut chips with a piece of basal plate. We found that we were only getting about 8 twin scales from a bulb compared to about 10-12 chips using the chipping method. In 2016 we will probably go back to chipping rather than twin scaling.