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

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