Growing Guides: How to Grow Galanthus Bulbs

Growing galanthus bulbs

Galanthus, more commonly known as snowdrops, are pretty white flowers that are among the first to bloom in late winter/early spring. Among the easiest plants to grow, snowdrops are unfussy, maintenance free, deer resistant blooms that naturalize within a few years and can provide delightful ground cover for years to come. They will often bloom even if there is still snow on the ground!

Planting galanthus bulbs:

  1. In the Fall, choose a spot that gets some of light and has good soil drainage. Snowdrop bulbs love being planted in a shady location beneath deciduous trees.

  2. Planting snowdrop bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs resemble miniature onions and you will be able to easily tell that the bulb should be planted with the roots down and the tip pointing up so that they shoots can reach the surface of the soil.

  3. Usually the rule of thumb when planting bulbs is that bulbs need at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2 to 3 inch deep hole, place the bulb into it and cover with soil.

  4. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.

  5. Expect to see your galanthus bulbs flower in the late winter/early Spring. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period. At this point, you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves.

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