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In the cooler regions of Australia, nothing signifies the end of winter quite like Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis). When planted on mass or scattered around a lawn area, their small white bell flowers with green tips on the inside petals, look like small snowdrops falling on the ground. 


How to grow snowdrops in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained spot in the garden that attracts part shade to full shade.
  2. Enrich the soil with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting.
  3. Place the bulb directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of 7 cm and 10 cm apart.
  4. Water well to keep the soil lightly moist.
  5. Once shoots start to appear, feed every 2-3 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. 
  6. Feed the plant regularly until the leaves start to die down. This will provide it with more strength next season. Plants can be left in the ground undisturbed.

     
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How to grow snowdrops in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets part shade to full shade.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Place the bulb directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of 7 cm and 10 cm apart.
  4. Once shoots start to appear, feed every 2-3 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. 
  5. Feed the plant regularly until the leaves start to die down. This will provide it with more strength next season.
  6. Once the leaves have died down, remove the bulbs from the container and store until next season in a cool dry place.

Growing tips

  • Often confused with Snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) which flower in the late winter, have spots on the outsides of the petals and can produce several flowers on each stem, Snowdrops are best suited to the cooler climates, have green colouring on the tips of the inside petals and produce generally single flowers on each stem.
  • Great for mass plantings in beds, through sheltered lawns or under tree canopies.
  • Whilst their flowering period is limited and they die down before the hot weather arrives, they do provide an abundance of contrast to the garden in early spring.

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