Posted: 25/02/2016 at 10:49
Galanthus have developed their bulbous form as a food storage organ so they can survive the lack of light from deciduous trees. This means that the bulb itself never dries out and has not developed a skin to protect it from desiccation. So, bulbs which are allowed to become over dried (as in hot G/C's) will have almost certainly died.
Originally it was thought that moving them when growing ie in the green was the best way to getr viable plants without the desiccation problem.
Modern thinking is that the best time to move them is when the bulbs are dormant, but to replant before the bulbs get dry.
I wonder if the bulb companies could find a packaging method to keep the dormant bulbs alive?
Tulips, narcissus etc, developed a bulbous form to avoid the heat of Summer. Their bulbs have a 'coat' to protect them. That is why you may buy their bulbs safely. In fact there are some bulbs which do better if allowed to completely dry out and bake in Summer.