Flower Color White Common Name Galanthus Botanical Name Galanthus Nivalis (Snowdrops) Light Requirements Partial Shade / Full sun Bloom Time Early to Mid Spring Estimated Mature Height 4-5" tall Optimal planting spread 1-2" wide Planting Season Autumn Planting Depth 4-5 Inches deep Soil Moisture Average
DetailsThis is the universally known species that naturalizes very easily, especially in moist soil that supplies sufficient nutrients (climatic zones 4-7). Either a sunny location or one with some shade will do. The flowers are pendulous and bell-shaped; the leaves wither six weeks after the flowering period.
Galanthus Nivalis (Snowdrops!)
Snowdrops have 2-3 basal leaves and slender, solitary white flowers with three large outer segments and three much smaller inner segments. They are marked with green on the inner flower and also sometimes have green markings on the base of the bloom. Although they require cool winters in order to thrive, they are particularly good on alkaline soils. Snowdrops are also quite deer resistant, naturalize easily and usually come back every year.
How to Grow Galanthus Bulbs:
1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is slightly shaded and enrich the soil with humus (leaf litter rather than peat is preferable).
2. Planting snowdrop bulbs is fairly simple. You'll notice when you receive your bulbs that they look much like little onions. One end will have some stringy roots and the other end will be slightly spiked. Plant glanathus bulbs with the roots down and spike pointing up.
3. Follow the rule of thumb of planting bulbs that bulbs need at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2-3 inch hole, drop the bulb into it (remember, spike points up!) and cover with soil.
4. Regarding spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 3 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. Snowdrops bulbs will flower in the early Spring. Until then, you won't see much activity with them, but roots begin to develop in 3-4 weeks after planting. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period.
Great places to grow snowdrops are around borders, in rock gardens, at the base of trees around shrubs, and dotted in lawns. Did you know that there are no less than 75 species and cultivars of snowdrops? The all bloom at the same time in early spring and all have white flowers so its pretty difficult to tell the varieties apart.
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