Galanthus nivalis In the Green (Snowdrop)

Galanthus nivalis In the Green (Snowdrop), the Common Snowdrop – a small white hanging bell shaped flower with delicate green markings. This is the one that you will find creating carpets of flowers in woodlands and growing wild up and down the country.

The method of lifting snowdrop bulbs in the green whilst actively growing in spring has always been the most successful way to deliver these small bulbs.

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Pack of 25 bulbs 'in the green'

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Specifications:

  • Colour: White
  • Height: 15cm
  • Perennial

Good For:

  • Beds and borders
  • Bees
  • Lawns and verges
  • Long grass
  • Pots and containers
  • Woodland

How to grow:

  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Position: Semi-shade
  • Bulbs per m2: 200
  • Planting depth: 8cm

Plant in moist soil in partial shade

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Galanthus nivalis In the Green (Snowdrop), the Common Snowdrop – a small white hanging bell shaped flower with delicate green markings. This is the one that you will find creating carpets of flowers in woodlands and growing wild up and down the country.

The method of lifting snowdrop bulbs in the green whilst actively growing in spring has always been the most successful way to deliver these small bulbs.

There are hundreds of variations of the snowdrop, most are only 15-20cm high with thin green foliage that can often looks silver. They have a distinctive point at the top of the stem to help the flower puncture frozen ground ready for flowering between January and March. Its hanging head has evolved to protect the pollen inside its cup and keep it dry. Snowdrops are an essential food source for early emerging pollinators.

Watch this happy bee go about his business in early February.

How to plant your Galanthus nivalis In the Green (Snowdrop)

When small, it is easy for snowdrop bulbs to dry out in baking summer conditions. Although they are happy in the spring sunshine, try planting them somewhere shaded. Consider that their natural habitat is in deciduous woodland. Humus rich soil and canopy to shelter them from the heat is ideal. However, they will grow in all soil types.

Rather than planting individually it is often easier to make a small envelope 8cm deep and evenly place the snowdrop bulbs in. Again, as a wild plant they are naturally clump forming, so they look much more natural planted in groups than in rows. Over time Galanthus nivalis naturally spread by seed or by bulb division and they find their happiest position.

Planting ‘bulbs in the green’ will begin in February. It is often more reliable to plant actively growing small bulbs. It reduces the risk of them either drying out or getting too wet. When they have foliage we know that it is a successful plant. Although planting bulbs in the green sometimes means you won’t get flowers until the following year, it is a second chance to get your hands on a limited supply of one of the UK’s favourite flowers.

As a native plant, it is illegal to dig up snowdrop bulbs without the right permissions. Our dry bulb snowdrops are imported and require special import documents, this is the easiest way to sell snowdrops without depleting wild UK stocks. Our Snowdrop bulbs In the Green are UK sourced.

Another important pollen provider at this time of year is Eranthis, these are small yellow flowers opening up in January to February. Try planting these along side your snowdrop bulbs.

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