Planting Snowdrops
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On January 19, 2023

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Here at BnK we are passionate about garden design in any season. With winter upon us and spring approaching, we’d like to share what we know with you about the snowdrop. 

Snowdrop ‘Galanthus’

The attractive snowdrop is a perennial flower that is naturally associated with winter planting. It is a vigorous plant that has the ability to push through even frozen and snow covered ground.

Naturally taking bloom in the first couple of months of a new year, this gorgeous plant flowers with a white bell shaped petal and is both a delicate and pleasant reminder that Spring is tentatively approaching us. There are lots of varieties available also. 

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When To Plant Snowdrops:

If you are planting snowdrop bulbs, this takes place ideally in October or November however planting in the green can take place in late February March or April.

Planting in the green simply means planting while the bulb is in its growth

Snowdrops lay dormant or you could say hibernate, underground during the summer months. They keenly enjoy shade and as such should be planted in well drained areas that typically provide cover. Under a tree or bush for example.

However, it is equally possible to carefully keep them in other shaded areas such as flower beds adjoined to walls or fences. So long as the bedding area offers shade & is properly drained and kept moist, they will thrive in their blooming periods. 

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Planting:

  • One method is to use loosened soil, compost or manure mix with some fertiliser until evenly combined.
  • However using leaf mold in organic rich soil is far more likely to produce better results. As recommended in this article by our very own Diarmuid Gavin in his own piece regarding Snowdrops.
  • Plant the snowdrop by placing the fat end of the bulb at the bottom with the shoot end facing upwards.
    Place the bulbs approximately 4.5 to 5 inches apart.

Leaf mold is much the same as traditional compost but for the way it is made. Unlike compost it is comprised entirely of fallen leaves and is broken down naturally. It can be used in exactly the same way as compost or used to cover soil. To make leaf mold simply gather fallen dead leaves into plastic bags filling them almost to the top. Tie a knot in the top of the bag and puncture some holes around – and at the bottom of the sack. Store away for 12 to 24 months.