BUYING AND PLANTING
Plant snowdrop bulbs ‘in the green’ as, unlike many other bulbs, they don’t tolerate drying out and are far more likely to survive if planted freshly. Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier, as thefts from the wild occur depressingly regularly.
Plant to the depth they were previously planted, that is, to the place where the stem turns green.
Plant in a space which is shady in the summer and more open in the winter. Under deciduous trees and shrubs is ideal. Water in the first year, just enough to prevent them from drying out.
Every few years you can lift each clump and separate the bulbs to bulking up. Alternatively leave them to set seed and let nature do the work. With this method the flowers will increase more slowly, but you will still have a good show after a few years – and less backache.
FROM LEFT: Snowdrop Galanthus ‘White Wings’, Double snowdrop Galanthus ‘Hippolyta’, one of the Greatorex hybrids