Galanthus nivalis

15 bulbs £7.99
available to order from autumn
30 + 15 FREE bulbs £23.97 £15.98
available to order from autumn
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Buy Galanthus nivalis common snowdrop bulbs: A favourite for late winter

  • Position: sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist but well drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: January to February
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten

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The ones that flowered were nice.


Only few flowered in the first year. Not sure if this is normal. The ones that flowered were very pretty.






Really good quality snowdrops




Well packaged and healthy


Naturalise well



Snowdrops look like they have established themselves


I bought snowdrops in the green to get snowdrops in 2020. So still need to be patient but they seem to have established themselves - fingers crossed for some flowers in February!

Diane the Gardener



Very pleased with the snowdrops.


I'm so pleased with the bulbs I purchased. The snowdrops are already blooming.




Excellent snowdrops


They have all come up and flowered - a very good success rate for snowdrop bulbs!






Really enjoying my snowdrops from Crocus. Spring is coming!




Galanthus nivalis

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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?


Hello there 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.

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.


Hello there 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 helps

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, Jo


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 Doctor

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