Members of the Galanthus genus are usually grown as hardy bulbs and they are able to reach from 5 to 25 cm in height.
Plants have strap like leaves and come into bloom from the middle through to the end of winter.
Galanthus plants have white snow like flowers; this leads to their common name of Snowdrop.
Common Names: Snowdrop, Common snowdrop.
Life Cycle: Hardy bulb.
Height: 2 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm).
Native: Europe, Asia.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 9.
Snowdrop can be either grown from bulbs or seeds. Be aware that if growing snowdrops from seed that it will take at least three years until they will bear blooms.
If growing Galanthus plants from bulbs plant them at a depth of 7 to 8 cm (2.5 inches) and a spacing of about 10 cm (4 inches) towards the end of summer.
Ideally snowdrops will grow in an area of the garden that is partially shaded. Ideally plant into a heavy, moist soil of pH 6 to 8.
When growing from seed, sow snowdrops from fresh seed in the spring time at a depth of 6 mm (1/4 inch).
Snowdrop seed takes about a month to germinate at 15 to 18 degrees centigrade (59 to 64°F).
If you start snowdrops off indoors, then allow to grow for a full year. Transplant out into the garden in the summer.
It is easy to care for Galanthus plant species such as Snowdrop.
They like a cool soil so supply a mulch if you live in a warm area. Feed with bone meal at the start of spring.
As snowdrops like a moist soil, keep them well watered in the growing season.
Once leaves start to wilt, allow them to die off completely before removing them. If the plant loses its vigour then divide it.
If you require more plants, then propagate snowdrops by division in the spring once flowering has completed.
The Galanthus genus, also known as Snowdrops, contains about 20 species.
Yes, Galanthus are excellent garden plants, known for their early spring blooms even in snow, providing a welcome sign of spring.
Galanthus nivalis, the common Snowdrop, is widely cultivated for its delicate, nodding white flowers.
Some Galanthus species, such as Galanthus 'S. Arnott', are known to have a sweet fragrance.
Galanthus prefers shady locations, especially under trees or shrubs, with moist but well-drained soil.
Currently, Galanthus is not considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Galanthus, dig up the bulbs after the foliage has died back, generally in late spring.
The Galanthus genus, also known as snowdrops, belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. Native to Europe and Asia, these hardy, bulbous perennials are renowned for their delicate white flowers that appear in late winter to early spring.
Plant Galanthus bulbs in the autumn, 2-3 inches deep, in a location with partial shade and well-drained soil. They prefer a location under deciduous trees where they can receive early spring sunlight. Once established, they require minimal care and often naturalize in optimal conditions.