Common Disease Problems
Botrytis: This fungus causes a grey mold on flowers, leaves, stems and buds causing the leaves to stick together. It thrives in cool wet weather conditions. Burpee Recommends: Remove affected plant parts, avoid watering at night and getting water on the plant when watering. Make sure plants have good air circulation. Contact your Cooperative Extension Service for fungicide recommendations.
Basal Rot: This fungus invades the bulb through the roots and basal plate. It causes premature streaky yellowing of the foliage and the basal plate is dark brown and dead. It is more prevalent in warm, moist soils. Burpee Recommends: Provide good drainage. Contact your Cooperative Extension Service for recommendations.
Common Pest and Cultural Problems
Narcissus Fly: There is a small and a large narcissus fly. These are mostly a problem of bulbs in storage and they mostly attack damaged bulbs. Small maggots are found in the bulb. Burpee Recommends: Discard any infested bulbs. Keep galanthus separate from daffodils, another host plant.
Slugs: These pests leave large holes in the foliage or eat leaves entirely. They leave a slime trail, feed at night and are mostly a problem in damp weather. Burpee Recommends: Hand pick, at night if possible. You can try attracting the slugs to traps either using cornmeal or beer. For a beer trap, dig a hole in the ground and place a large cup or bowl into the hole; use something that has steep sides so that the slugs can’t crawl back out when they’re finished. Fill the bowl about ¾ of the way full with beer, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the bowl should be full of drowned slugs that can be dumped out for the birds to eat. For a cornmeal trap, put a tablespoon or two of cornmeal in a jar and put it on its side near the plants. Slugs are attracted to the scent but they cannot digest it and it will kill them. You can also try placing a barrier around your plants of diatomaceous earth or even coffee grounds. They cannot crawl over these.
Can I force my bulbs to bloom every year? No, bulbs may be forced one time, but not in future years.
Can I grow galanthus in a container? Yes. Make sure it has excellent drainage and protect it in winter as the bulbs are more exposed in containers than in the ground. If it is a dry winter you may have to water the container. Galanthus are happiest in the ground, however, and will multiply for years if they are well sited.
Do deer bother galanthus? No, galanthus are generally not bothered by deer or other animals.