Snowdrops For Easy Spring Bulb Blooms In The Shade
Galanthus or Snowdrops are related to Amaryllis and have 14 (give or take a few depending on the botanists) members of the family.
This is a fairly easy bulb to grow, particularly if you give it dappled shade in a moist but well-drained soil. It loves a mulch of
leafmould or compost and indeed organic soils are preferred over clay or sandier soils. In short, the richer the soil in organic matter the
better this bulb will perform for you.
Most of the species are hardy right down to minus 15C so this means that most of North America can grow them.
Snowdrops are perfect bulbs for forcing and potting a few up in the fall and forcing them for spring growth is a traditional bulb
forcing activity. Follow the same guidelines as for tulips or daffodils.
Guidelines for Snowdrops
In the garden, plant the base of the bulb to three inches deep and two to three inches apart.
You get to choose the colour of your snowdrop from white, white or white. While specialists debate the tone of the white or the amount
of green or yellow tones on special hybrids, most of us will have to be content with calling them white.
There is a double available
in the bulb business called Flore-Pleno but it is rare and if you see it in a catalog, it would be worth having.
If happy, galanthus or snow drops will self sow and multiply around your garden. This is particularly true of damp soils in shade.
is the common snowdrop found in almost every fall garden shop. This native to Turkey is easily grown and as mentioned
earlier the double variety is worth seeking out. Other varieties only have minor differences from the species
is another species often found and while a botanist will quickly tell the difference, in practice it has slightly larger
flowers, coarser leaves and flowers slightly earlier than G. nivalis and from a distance you wont be able to tell.
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