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I would like to multiply my snowdrops as fast as possible. I have about five plants right now. They normally double in size every year. Is there a faster way to do it? They are a little small for twin-scaling. What would the best method be? Would different conditions make them multiply faster? The bulbs are a bit small to propagate the way I do daffodils, but are a similar shape.

Edit: The plants now have green grape like fruits. Is it practical to save seeds, and if so, how?

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The grape like fruits are the seed pods. Yes, you can grow snowdrops from seed, but for most bulbs it will take 2-4 years from seed to bulb. Given how many seeds each one can produce this is easily your fastest way.

Failing that, however, pruning off the seed pods/ flowers ASAP means that the plant pushes more energy into growing the bulb.

Now, some basic math:

Suppose that you want 5000 snowdrops, and you have 5 right now. Suppose that you give them lots of TLC and they double in number every year. You will have 5 the first year, 10 the next, then 20, 40, 80, 160, 320, 640, 1280, 2560, 5120.

As far as I can tell snowdrops thrive in the same conditions that lawns do. You can probably do a bit better than that.

Ten years. But notice that it took you the first 5 to get to 100. Go out and buy a hundred snowdrops and cut the time in half. They are cheap.

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