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Planting Snowdrop Bulbs

Avid gardeners look forward to signs that the doldrums of winter are passing and anticipate the sights of spring. What better way to predict Mother Nature's intentions than to plant an early-blooming bulb? Galanthus, or snowdrops, produce a delicate white bell-shaped blossom atop a sturdy rich green stem. The white blooms of the galanthus woronowii are a charming addition to your landscape or rock gardens.

Snowdrop Flowers

Snowdrop flowers are a hardy perennial and well-maintained plants multiply rapidly, making snowdrops an excellent addition to your garden--they return to brighten up your yard, year after year. Plant them after the last frost and you will begin to enjoy the delicate, white blossoms in early spring. Flowering will extend through mid-spring. Snowdrop bulbs need well-drained clay, loamy or sandy soil to thrive, and require full sun to partial shade to maximize blooming. Snowdrops will reach 4 to 6 inches in height and should be planted 2 to 3 inches apart. When purchasing our Dutch-propagated snowdrop bulbs for sale, keep in mind that you might have your choice of blooms, such as double snowdrop bulbs. These decadent double blooms are very much like the single, but with a larger, intricately layered blossom. In addition, the double snowdrop flower often blooms before all the winter snow melts away, hence its name.

Where To Plant Snowdrops

Snowdrop flowers will give life to any area. They are great for lawn planting in cooler climates where the grass stays dormant into mid-spring. What better way to line a pathway or add a splash of brightness to a rock garden than rich, white blooms? Plan ahead and plant your snowdrop bulbs near other colorful spring flowers, or where mid-spring and summer flowers will reside after this charmer comes and goes. Having a yard bursting with early spring flowers in full bloom is a fabulous way to shake off those winter blues.

Steps for How to Plant Snowdrops

  1. Start by loosening the soil in the area you'd like to plant your snowdrop flowers and add compost or fertilizer such as dried manure. We recommend using 5-10-10 granular fertilizer.
  2. Mix up the soil until everything is fully blended together.
  3. Plant your snowdrops about 3" apart, with the flat base of the bud down into the soil, and the pointy ends facing upwards.

When Do Snowdrops Bloom?

Most snowdrop flowers will begin to grow their roots in as little as a week or two. However, you won't see a full bloom above the soil until late winter or early spring, and weather plays a tremendous role in the snowdrops' flowering season.

When to Plant Snowdrop Bulbs

Snowdrop flowers are normally planted during early fall and will need to be ordered as soon as possible since many snowdrop bulbs are packaged and delivered as undried bulbs that are difficult to properly store. These beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers will also need to be planted quickly as these bulbs tend to dry out quickly if left out of the ground for too long. When planting snowdrop bulbs, keep in mind that these beauties are also deer resistant, so worry not!

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