Galanthus elwesii AGM is one of the more vigourous of our snowdrops and is very easy to grow.
The first bulbs to flower in the spring are snowdrops with single snowdrops being the most popular. The flowers of single snowdrops are quite stunning, they are pure white with a green marking on the inner petal tips. There are many other types of snowdrop which can also be planted and enjoyed in the early spring.
Snowdrops should be planted in free draining soils that have been cultivated to a depth of 15cms. Plant the bulbs in fertile soils 5cms deep and 2-3cms apart. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to provide drainage. When planting in lighter sandy soils add organic matter to increase fertility, as this will encourage the bulbs to naturalise. In soils that are not fertile enough feed the bulbs during the leaf and flower stage. Snowdrops do naturalise really well and as such spread out quickly. The bulbs may need to be divided after a few years at which time dig them up when the flowers have died back and re-plant further apart.
When planted in shady areas the flowers will last longer than if planted in full sun.
Ideal foods are well rotted manures, tomato feed and bone meal.
AGM = Award of Garden Merit given by the RHS to bulbs that are proven to perform well in gardens
Flowering Height: 10-15cm
Flowering Period: January-February
Aspect: Semis shadier areas of the garden preferred.
Soil type: All free draining soils that are fertile
Tip: Snowdrops need to be planted as soon as possible after purchase. Keep soils moist during the first year to help them establish. They can also be grown in containers if required but do not use too much multi purpose compost in the pot. They work really well with anemone nemerosa and the taller Dutch Crocus.
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