common snowdrop bulbs
- Position:sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist but well drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January and February
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested; contact with the bulbs may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 4/5
It's hard not to love these wonderful bulbs for adding colour to the garden when little else is awake. The nodding white flowers have a small green marking on the inside of each tepal, are honey scented, and appear in late winter. They look particularly good planted in large drifts in grass where they will naturalise quite happily. Alternatively plant them up in clumps in the front of mixed borders, or into pots so they can be admired close up. Plant the bulbs as soon as possible after delivery to prevent the bulbs drying out.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs as soon as possible to prevent them drying out, in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in September or October. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the grass until after the leaves have died right back. Divide large colonies after flowering while the leaves are still green for use in other moist, well-drained areas.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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Q:I planted snowdrops in the green in my lawn several years ago. They come every year. However, once the leaves have died back I am left with bare patches of soil for the rest of the year. It looks awful.What have I done wrong? How can I correct this?Asked on 10/8/2014 by bluedragon from Essex
It sounds like it might be a watering issue. Snowdrops like a moist well-drained soil so they will be competing with the grass for any moisture. Next year in the spring after the bulbs have died back I would gently rake the soil, reseed and then keep it well watered.Answered on 14/8/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi. I have ordered Galanthus nivalis bulbs to make a happy showing in early winter at work. I was planning on planting the bulbs in pots and hanging baskets. I have read somewhere that from dry bulb, the snowdrops may not come until the second season. Is this correct or would it be different if grown in a pot?
Many thanks.Asked on 7/9/2013 by Springer from Brighton
It can take time for Galanthus to settle in, more so wilth the bulbs than when buying them 'in the green', so once they have established in a garden you don't want to move them unless you have to. Hopefully they should flower in the 1st season in pots as long as they are adequatedly watered whilst growing.
Hoe this helpsAnswered on 9/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Native plants for a grave.....
Hi, I'm looking for some UK native plants for my friends grave. It's a woodland cemetery, hence the native. Preferably something that won't spiral out of control without excessive upkeep. What can you suggest? Thanks, JoAsked on 24/3/2010 by Jo
A:Hello Jo, There are a couple of things that I think would be lovely - here are some of the best. Hyacinthoides non-scripta (bluebell) Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone) Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) Polypodium vulgare (common polypody) I hope this gives you a few ideas, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 25/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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