Gardening

Snowdrop: pretty little flower


Snowdrops are among the first to bloom at the end of winter.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Galanthus
Family : Alliaceae
Type: Spring bulb

Height
: 15/20 cm
Exposure : Sunny

Ground : Ordinary
Flowering
: January to March

Planting snowdrops is done in the fall and the maintenance is very easy to get pretty little flowers.

Planting snowdrops

The snowdrop or snowdrop look exactly the same and the growing conditions are the same. They are even sometimes confused.

  • Planting snowdrop bulbs is done in the fall, about 5/6 cm deep.
  • Snowdrops like soils rich in humus but which stay cool in summer. That’s why the undergrowth or the shade of a hedge is still the best place.

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
  • We can also vary the places to have different exposures and therefore different flowering periods
  • Find our guide dedicated to planting bulbs

Snowdrop maintenance

The snowdrop bulbs have tend to dry out quickly and will not stand being put out of the ground for too long.

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

  • Do not mow until the foliage is completely wilted

Ultimately, the snowdrop asks only very low maintenance and is ideal for novice gardeners.

To know about the snowdrop

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

There are 19 species of snowdrops and more than 500 varieties. But the most common and the one that we find in general is Galanthus nivalis for all regions and Galanthus elwesii for the more southern regions

Of january to march, you will be seduced by its small white and discreet bells which announce that we are heading towards spring.

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

Smart tip

Snowdrops will bloom for years in a row if left untouched as long as you don't suffer too much from summer drought.

To avoid this, keep a good layer of dried leaves on top during the summer.


Find other essential bulbous plants:

Crocus, tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, arum, daffodil

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Video: EARLY SPRING snowdrop flower time laps. Sir David Attenboroughs opinion (October 2020).