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When should I buy snowdrop bulbs?
Given that they flower during January -February, the best time to buy Snowdrop plants is in March and April and plant out straight away. Dormant bulbs can be planted in the summer, bulbs are always cheaper than plants but less reliable. In addition, squirrels like the Snowdrop bulbs as well.
Can I plant snowdrops in December?
You can plant snowdrop bulbs in the autumn and winter for flowers in late winter and early spring. Alternatively, you can buy snowdrops as bulbs in the green in the spring. Planting snowdrops in the green can help the plant to establish better than if they were planted as bulbs in their dormant state.
Can I plant snowdrops in pots?
A snowdrop container is easy to create and will make an attractive display – just make sure you plant the snowdrops in the ground, after flowering has finished. Before you start your snowdrop pot, collect some moss from around the garden to create give your container a lush, natural-looking topping.
What is the rarest snowdrop?
The most valuable is the galanthus woronowii, also known as the 'Elizabeth Harrison', or giant snowdrop. A single bulb of this variety reportedly sold for a whopping £725 on eBay in 2012. It is set apart from others by gold markings on the petals.
What plants are illegal to dig up in UK?
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 the term 'plant' includes algae, lichens and fungi, mosses, liverworts and vascular plants. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is unlawful to uproot any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier.
When should I divide snowdrops?
There is a view among expert galanthophiles (experts passionate about snowdrops) that the optimum time to lift and divide bulbs is when they are dormant, when the top growth has died back and before new root growth has begun. That would typically be between June and September.
How deep should you plant snowdrop bulbs?
Plant your snowdrops at the level that they were planted before they were lifted, which you'll see from where the leaves turn white. This will be at a depth of about 10cm (4in). Space them about 10cm (4in) apart. For natural looking drifts, cast the bulbs across the planting area and plant them where they land.
How many snowdrop bulbs should I plant together?
Plant snowdrops in groups of 10 to 25 or more which will help in making a good display. Snowdrop flower bulbs are dormant by late spring and will rest underground until next year.
How do you grow snowdrops from seed?
Sow it thinly in a pot of proprietary compost (thus sterile and free of weed seeds), cover with a fine dusting of further compost and top off with a centimetre of fine grit; which will discourage moss and weed seedlings. Label the pot and stand it in a protected place outdoors; an open topped frame is ideal.
Do snowdrops bloom the first year?
Snowdrops take a year to become established so don't be disappointed if they only flower lightly the first spring. They'll produce more blooms and begin to develop into thick patches by year two.
What is the best compost for snowdrops?
Arm yourself with some coarse grit, some perlite, some slow release fertiliser and some John Innes no 3. This is a loam-based compost that suits snowdrops.
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What is the difference between snowdrops and snowflakes?
Snowdrops are not to be confused with Snowflakes - Leucojum. The Snowflake is a much taller growing bulb which normally has more than one flower per stem. Snowflake petals are even, each with a green spots on the end, whereas Snowdrops have helicopter-like propellers that are green only on the inner petals.
What are big snowdrops called?
Taller than Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus elwesii, commonly known as Greater Snowdrop or Giant Snowdrop, also features larger flowers. Dainty, the nodding, white blooms display a double green mark on the inner petals that sometimes merge into one.