Guide To Growing Snowdrops

A hardy, winter-flowering perennial plant, the snowdrop (Galanthus) is often one of the first signs of spring. Snowdrops can bloom in January and February, no matter the weather. Even if the ground is frozen and covered in snow, snowdrops will push through.

When you think of snowdrops, you likely imagine them with small, white bell-shaped flowers, but there are actually many different varieties of snowdrops. There is a variety in their height, flower size, markings, colours, and the number of petals.

For the best results, follow our guide to growing snowdrops in the UK.

Where to plant snowdrops

Plant snowdrops in conditions that mimic their native woodland habitat. They thrive in partial shade, in soil that is moist and hummus-rich, but well-drained.

If you are planting snowdrop bulbs in heavy soil, add a small amount of sharp sand or grit to the planting hole to improve drainage.

Grow snowdrops in the shade of deciduous shrubs or hedges or by herbaceous plants along the front of spring border displays to provide ground cover for the snowdrops when they are dormant. Snowdrops also grow well in rock gardens and pots.

When to plant snowdrops

Snowdrops in the green should be planted in February or March, whereas dry snowdrop bulbs should be planted in October or November. Dry snowdrop bulbs can sometimes be more tricky to establish than bulbs in the green.

How to plant snowdrops

For a brilliant display, plant snowdrop bulbs close to each other, around an inch apart, and at a depth of around 2-3 inches. If you are planting bulbs in the green, ensure they are planted at roughly the same depth they were planted before they were lifted.

You will be able to tell how deeply they were planted as where they were underground before will be white. If you are unsure, then do not plant them too deep, no more than 8-10cm below the surface.

Caring for snowdrops

Water the snowdrops thoroughly after planting and regularly if conditions are dry. It is important to make sure the soil does not dry out, otherwise, the snowdrops will suffer. If planted in pots, ensure they are re-potted annually.

Snowdrops require little to no maintenance once they are established. In fact, they are best left well alone. Foliage should be allowed to die back naturally so that the nutrients from the leaves are returned to the bulbs.

You should dig up and divide established clumps every few years, as the foliage turns yellow. Causing as little disturbance as possible, split the clumps into smaller pieces and replant at the same depth.

For help selecting the best snowdrop bulbs for your gardening project, contact our team at Boston Bulbs on 01775 769333, or email We have a wide range of snowdrop bulbs available, with options to suit both novice and avid gardeners.

The Boston Bulb Company has over 40 years of experience in supplying only the finest quality horticultural products from farmers and growers throughout the UK and Europe.

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