WHEN SHOULD I PLANT SNOWDROPS - Galanthus species and cultivars


When should I plant snowdrops?

'I don't like snowdrops', nobody ever said, and why would they? Snowdrops are pure, gorgeous and the antithesis of everything wrong in the world today. A little dramatic perhaps? Maybe so, but that doesn't take away the fact that when these perfectly formed species produce their exquisite springtime blooms my heart figuratively melts, even if the snow around them remains intact. So assuming that by reading this you too are a fan and also wish to have a display of said gems in your own garden then perhaps you would be interested in this question. When should I plant snowdrops?

When should I plant snowdrops?

Well luckily you get a couple of options here. The first will be in late autumn when pre-packed bulbs become available to purchase in all good garden centres. But there is a word of warning here! Galanthus bulbs are small and as such have a habit of drying out in the bags under the warm conditions of a shop. However this is the cheapest way to buy snowdrops so if you are planning to purchase pre-packed snowdrop bulbs, buy them as soon as the displays go up which can be as early as late October.

The best time to plant snowdrops in is the spring after flowering, but while the foliage is still lush. And you do this by physically going out in the miserable cold and wet weather to where snowdrops are already growing and dig up small sections, taking care to minimise disturbance to both the bulbs and the root-system. Just make sure you get permissions from whoever owns the plants first! These can then be replanted where you want them assuming conditions are suitable.

There is one further option though. Garden centres will begin selling pot grown snowdrops in the spring. These can be planted as and when, again disturbing the root ball as little as possible. Now this will be the most expensive way of purchasing snowdrops but if you can time it right you may be able to purchase then for mere pennies from the garden centre once the flowers have passed.

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