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Snowdrop / Galanthus

Snowdrop Flower Description

Snowdrops are known as the curtain-raiser for the gardening year. In January their delicate, small, white flowers appear, drooping from 15cm green stems. Different varieties bloom at different times depending upon the area and the weather conditions.

Galanthus is a natural woodland and mountain plant that does well in moist and cool conditions. Snowdrops look especially attractive when cultivated in groups of plants at the foot of deciduous trees as they emerge through carpet of fallen brown leaves.

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Cultivation of Snowdrop

Snowdrop Flowers

Snowdrop bulbs should be planted in early autumn in heavy and moist soil. Choose a shaded site preferably facing north.

Plant the bulbs 5 to 15cm apart depending upon the variety of Galanthus. The bulbs should be planted to a soil depth of 5 to 10cm.

Patience may be required as snowdrops are notoriously slow to establish themselves, however once they do they require little attention.

Once flowering has finished lift mature snowdrop clumps, divide carefully and plant back in the ground immediately.

Popular Varieties of Snowdrop

The following lists some popular varieties of Snowdrop.

Common Snowdrop Height 15cm, flowers Jan to Mar,
Galanthus Elwesii

Large blossoms in late winter to early spring

Arnott Height 10cm, large flowers, scented

Snowdrop Pests and Diseases

Snowdrop bulbs may suffer attack by eelworms. Grey mould is also a problem that affects stems and leaves.

Height 10 - 18cm

Snowdrop - Scientific Classification

Planting distance 5 to 15cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from mid-winter to early spring Order Asparagales
Heavy moist soil Family Amaryllidaceae
Partially shaded position Genus Galanthus
Bulbs available early to mid-spring autumn    
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