Eranthis, or winter aconite, are among the first flowers to bloom, often appearing alongside snowdrops. In the buttercup family, eranthis boast glossy yellow cup-shaped flowers that provide an appealing and low maintenance ground cover. Eranthis loves cold climates and even seems to thrive best during snowy years!
Planting eranthis bulbs:
- In the Fall, choose a spot that gets quite a lot of light and has good soil drainage. Eranthis loves being planted in a shady location beneath deciduous trees.
- Planting eranthis bulbs is fairly simple. It is likely that it will be impossible to determine the top and the bottom of the bulb so plant it on its side and let nature allow the shoots to find their own way to the surface.
- 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.
- After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
- Eranthis bulbs will 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.