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Snowdrops in the green

Hello all - I hope you are all doing well and that your gardens are showing signs of spring. I am just starting to emerge from what feels like many months of nothing.

I am hoping to get some snowdrops in the green. Can I ask: should I feed them once planted (as with other bulbs)? Slow release or liquid? Any other tips for getting them well established.



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,794
    I've always split and re-planted my own snowdrops in good fertile soil so all they've needed is a good watering before and after but I can't see that adding some slow release feed such as pelleted chicken manure of BF&B to their soil or sprinkling it on after wouldn't do them a world of good.   

    If you're buying them in pots I expect they'd appreciate a liquid feed added when you water them to prep for planting out. 
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  • I never feed mine and can't honestly say I feed the soil that often either. I started with a few from my ma-in-law, singles and doubles and just lift, split and straightaway replant the  largest clumps after flowering. Over getting on for 40 years they have grown to cover several places in my garden, some with better soil than others, most with a fair bit of shade, though one bed gets more sun, at least at this time of year, if there is any, as it is under ash trees. The soil is thin and rooty and fairly dry, as the trees take everything, even with our heavy rainfall.
    They all seem to thrive just the same and are looking lovely now, though it is only the doubles and another taller one (variety unknown) that are in full flower, the singles are mostly still to come :)
  • Galanthus nivalis, the ordinary snowdrop, is usually OK without too much extra attention. For some others, like Galanthus elwesii, which is bigger, I have been finding they appreciate a feed in spring.
  • Many thanks. For the last two years, I missed the boat so I am determined to get some planted this year with aim of having a good drift under the shrubs at the bottom of my garden. I am going for nivalis, so it sounds like they will establish OK without too much fuss or bother.
  • Mine had been thriving for years even though this was a rented house, so it sounds like they're practically indestructible! I dug them up last spring to put them into pots and they're flowering beautifully right now, ready to go into their final position this spring :-)
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