Our plan is to fill our Woodland Garden beds with snowdrops where they will contrast especially well with the red stems of dogwood (cornus alba).
In April of last year I tried propagating snowdrops by scale division - a technique new to me.
I took dormant bulbs and made thin sliced segments ensuring that each segment had a sliver of basal plate attached. The segments were placed into a sealed bag of vermiculite and left to allow tiny bulbs to form.
By August many of these had formed, and I placed them into a tray of dampened potting compost and waited to see what would happen....
The result was success as you can see; although not a resounding success with only
I will try the operation again this year and make fewer segments from each bulb. I will also ensure that my sharp knife is properly sterilised during each cut.
This is an especially useful technique if you wish to increase your stock of plants from a limited number of bulbs.