Hi all,

I wanted to plant some snowdrops. I will be planting them in pots, any advice on how to best do this and when to best do it? How big a pot will they need and I assume they are ok to leave outside all winter? what should I expect to see as they grow? when will they start? 




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    don't buy dry bulbs now, they don't like being dried. Get them  in bulk with leaves (in the green) after flowering next year or in flower at the GCs in February


  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I agree with nut. Never had any success from bulbs, ones with leaves always come back.

  • Hi Thomas

    I don't know anything about whether you should buy bulbs or not as these knowledgable people above clearly do but I used to have snowdrops in my old garden - in the ground.

    I suspect it depends on the region but I live in Sussex and mine used to start in Jan or at the latest early February. A tiny little  green stump/shoot would appear which would get taller and taller and the leaves appear by kind of "peeling away" from the stump until suddenly a flower appears!

    If you are going to keep them in the pot year after year I did see on TV once  that sometimes you have to divide them (like every few years) by waiting until they have stopped flowering and digging up a clump and splitting it into littler clumps and planting them elsewhere (or giving away or whatever)but I'm not sure if this applies when they are in a pot.  I know that if you don't divide daffodils they stop flowering but I'm not sure if its the same with snowdrops or if you just divide them as a way to propagate.

    Also, if it is of interest, they were  very tough - my daughter stomps all over the stumps EVERY year (usually because it has snowed image ) and they always survive!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    you're right Phasmid, if they're kept in pots and never split up they will stop flowering eventually. They're better in the ground for a long life but OK in pots to admire for a season. 

  • I got a few hundred bulbs recently from eurobulbs. I believe they transplant them not long before sending them. The bulbs do not have any leaves on. Does this mean that they are going to fail if planted in the ground?

  • Thanks for the tips folks! much appreciated.

    I have a few snowdrop bulbs knocking about tht someone gave me a while a go. If I wanted them for certain, better off going to a GC then and getting an established plant. I guess i'll put the bulbs in too just to see...  been enjoying using this forum so far! Thank you to all you lovely fellow gardeners! 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    greenlove, if they haven't dried out they should be OK. Have heard that later in the season for moving is fine, they don't need to be green. Not drying out is the important bit.

  • If you have dry bulbs and you fear they will not do much why not plant them up in pots for the first year and then plant out "in the green" next spring. Watering your pots, but not waterlogging, is essential.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    I have so many that I always manage to put a fork through a clump when I am tidying up the borders. I just push some back into the ground, spaced a couple of inches apart, a sprinkle of fertiliser, and all the left overs get spread in a nother part of the garden. This way there are thousands , all starting from a small clump that was here originally. Just don't let them dry out. If I lift any by accident or otherwise at any time of year, I get them straight back into some soil somewhere.

     Sometimes I will shove a few into pots.  Rooted  cuttings of buddlejas I give away often have a few secret bulbs hidden in the pot for a surprise in spring.(Fidgets ghost)

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Great ghosts fb

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