Snowdrops: pretty little bulbous flower

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Snowdrops are among the first to bloom in late winter.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Galanthus
Family : Alliaceae
Type: Spring bulb

: 15/20 cm
Soil : Ordinary

Planting : Autumn –  Flowering : January to March

The planting of snowdrops is done in the fall and the maintenance is the easiest to obtain pretty little flowers.

Planting snowdrops

Snowdrops or snowdrops look exactly the same and the growing conditions are the same. Sometimes they are even confused.

  • The planting of snowdrop bulbs is done in the fall, about 5/6 cm deep.
  • The snowdrop likes soil rather rich in humus but which remains cool in summer. This is why the undergrowth or the shade of a hedge remain the best places.

Planting under a hedge of deciduous shrubs is perfect because they will benefit from sun and light in winter and shade in summer.

  • Do not hesitate to put several dozen bulbs in the same place to create a mass effect
  • You can also vary the places to have different exposures and therefore different flowering periods.
  • Find our guide dedicated to planting bulbs

Snowdrop maintenance

Snowdrop bulbs tend to dry out quickly and won’t stand being put out of the ground for too long.

At the end of flowering, wait until the foliage turns yellow before cutting it, because this is when the flower builds up its reserves for the next flowering.

  • Do not mow until foliage has completely faded

Ultimately, the snowdrop requires very little maintenance and is ideal for beginner gardeners.

Learn about snowdrops

This plant is aptly named, as it is one of the few that can flower despite the snow.

There are 19 species of snowdrops and over 500 varieties. But the most common and the one found in general is Galanthus nivalis for all regions and Galanthus elwesii for rather southern regions

From January to March , you will be seduced by its small white and discreet bells which announce that we are heading towards spring.

The snowdrop generally announces spring and at the same time the end of winter!

It is also perfectly adapted to flower rock gardens in late winter and early spring , which are often devoid of flowers at this time of year.

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