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Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Galanthus nivalis

 

Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop

A very hardy clump forming perennial with grass like green/grey leaves and single bell shaped scented flowers. The first flower of the new year in the northern hemisphere. Snowdrops self seed. In full sun, it will survive but not increase well, it prefers moist but well drained woodland shade.

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plant Features
  • Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop

Latin name

Galanthus nivalis

type

Bulb

family

Amaryllidaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Snowdrop (Species) Common Snowdrop is 0.05meters x 0.10meters 0.05 M 0.10 M

Galanthus nivalis

A very hardy clump forming perennial with grass like green/grey leaves and single bell shaped scented flowers. The first flower of the new year in the northern hemisphere. Snowdrops self seed. In full sun, it will survive but not increase well, it prefers moist but well drained woodland shade.


Planting Season (Autumn)

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Galanthus bulbs are usually planted in late summer/early autumn. They should be planted out as soon as available in the shops, as they can dry out quickly and lose their viability. Make sure bulbs are healthy before planting them (i.e. that the bulb is firm to the touch, and not showing signs of mildew). The bulbs can be planted outdoors, or in containers. Plant the bulbs in well-draining soil or compost. As a general rule when planting bulbs, they should be planted at a depth of three times the height of the bulb. If bulbs have been left to dry to long, try soaking them for a few hours to rehydrate them before planting. Plant bulbs into flowering position in early Autumn. They grow best in heavy loam with plenty of moisture and with some shade. They do well in open woodland and in grass under trees.They look best in groups or drifts

 

Flowering Season (Winter & Spring)

From Early Winter TO Mid Spring

Early bell shaped scented flowers, the first flower of the new year in the northern hemisphere

 

Propagate by Seed

From Mid Autumn TO Late Winter

Sow seed in pots outside in a sheltered position. Seedlings take up to 5 years to reach maturity.

 

Planting Season (Spring)

From Late Winter TO Mid Spring

Because snowdrop bulbs dry out so easily, most horticulturalists consider planting snowdrops 'in the green' is the best method. 'In the green' is planting the bulbs, or clumps of bulbs, just after they have flowered, and while they still have all their green leaves. Many garden centres will now offer clumps of snowdrop bulbs 'In the green' after flowering season. Plant the clump deeply and leave them to die off naturally, they will return the following year with flowers.

 
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