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Why can't I grow snowdrops in my garden. Have grown in pots. Every time I plant snow drops in the garden I never see any which have grown.


  • Snowdrops cannot tolerate the soil drying out and being woodland plants they need to be in shade during the summer, so you could you have planted them in unfavourable conditions, such as in open sunny areas or in sandy soil?
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  • Thank you.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,428
    Are you planting them "in the green" Susan ? I know the general thinking is that it's better to do that than planting bulbs.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138
    Even planting in the green doesn't help if they dry out over the summer.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • I've just planted 800 of 1000 in-the-green that turned up today. I made sure to plant them in shady spots, though much of this is under trees so the soil will probably be dry in the summer - can't win!

    I planted one thousand in 2017 (dry bulbs) and these came up fine in 2018, but nothing much this year. I was ready to blame the long hot summer, but on closer inspection (shifting the leaf litter etc) I see that quite a few are coming up, it's just that they're getting eaten off at ground level. Slugs? Snails?

    Now just have to write out 1000 plant labels for the new ones ...
  • Thank you for all your info, much appreciated. Think I will stick to pots.
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