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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Snake's Head Fritillary

Schachbrettblumen pixabayIt is often said that the Snake’s Head Fritillary is a rarity growing wild in Europe these days. In the garden, however, these plants are thankfully cultivated, and they also multiply easily.


Snake's Head Fritillary 'Alba'

Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba'

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Snake's Head Fritillary Mixture

Fritillaria meleagris mix

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More useful information about Snake's Head Fritillary

...These flowers are under special protection in Germany, although they can be admired in abundance every year from the end of April near the German Lubera nursery site. In the Lüneburg Heath they grow in large numbers, this attractively situated heathland is one of the largest areas in Central Europe, where they can be found growing wild. Some of the most beautiful cultivated varieties are now available in the Lubera shop so that these colourful spring flowers will be able to find a new home in your garden in the future.

The white 'Alba' is very popular in the gardens of Central Europe. With the lush flowers and their chequered pattern and hanging down bells, spring can be celebrated with these beautiful bulb flowers in the garden. Particularly attractive is the Fritillaria meleagris mix with its impressive combination of strong purple, aubergine and bright white. The flowering time of the different varieties takes place between April and May, and although the colourful spring messengers only reach heights of 25 to 35 cm (with a width between 10 and 20 cm), the filigree flowers and their stand out patterns, certainly create a statement!


Location and Soil For Snake’s Head Fritillary

Schachbrettblumen pixabayThe Snake’s Head Fritillary predominantly grows wild in southeastern Europe and with respect to care and location, does not differ too much from other spring bloomers. The plants need the sunlight, but not too directly, and a fresh, always moist and permeable soil, which needs to be a little more acidic, but with a low volume of lime. A patch of garden with three to five hours of sunshine a day is enough for this plant. However, it also tolerates partial shade, therefore ideal for planting under shady trees or slightly taller shrubs. Able to grow wild, spring flowers blend in well with other plants on flower meadows. In addition to the use in the classical flowerbed together with other perennials, the Snake’s Head Fritillary also offers an outstanding natural backdrop near to an ornamental pond. These winter-hardy and robust ornamental plants are characterized by high longevity and their flowers are always graceful and delicate. However, the Snake's Head flower is unfortunately also toxic, despite the beauty.  Therefore, keep children, dogs and cats away and wear protective gloves when planting the small bulbs. The Snake’s Head Fritillary loves to grow in the garden and also thrives in pots in a permeable, slightly acidic substrate. Well suited for this is the classic substrate used for rhododendrons.

When and How Should Snake’s Head Fritillary Be Planted?

The optimal time to get the flower bulbs into the earth is between September and November and preferably not straight after it has rained.  However, the soil should not be completely dried out. The ideal planting depth of the Fritillaria meleagris is equivalent to three times the height of the bulb, so it is about six to eight centimetres. In a multiple planting, there should be a distance of 15 to 25 centimetres between the individual bulbs. The best display is achieved if you plant between 10 and 15 bulbs per square metre. If there is excessive wetness in the planting hole during the digging process, then a good two centimetres of high drainage sand can be applied to the soil to regulate the moisture. This facilitates care and promotes flowers. After planting the bulbs, the soil must be kept constantly moist, but no waterlogging should occur in the substrate. If planted soon enough at the beginning of autumn, your new spring flowers will be able to grow well with a few hours of sunshine a day, thus supporting the rapid formation of roots.

Properly Maintain and Fertilise

Basically, these ornamental plants are a rather frugal variety, which, if always kept well moist and a little fertilised if necessary, around the end of July will multiply. In August, the Snake’s Head Fritillary begins to prepare for its annual resting period and already forms the new root shoots for the coming year, however, a little horticultural care is still required. When the leaves begin to wither, they are taking advantage of the remaining nutrients in the plants. Therefore, do not cut off the unsightly leaves immediately, but wait until the foliage is completely yellow. The sprouting of the Fritillaria meleagris in the New Year will be particularly powerful due to the strong bulbs, but to help you remember where these bulbs are sleeping, it can be helpful to mark where the plants are with small wooden sticks. The bulbs are hardy, so they may remain in the soil over the winter, but the sleeping plants should be protected in unfavourable locations, at least in the first year of existence, with a light winter cover. Incidentally, they thrive well between smaller spring-flowering perennials, such as primroses. These perennials also give them some support, and when the foliage wilts after flowering, they are not so lonely. Even in a pot, they are best combined with spring-flowering perennials.

If the soil conditions are suitable in the garden, there is no need for additional fertilisation. In the pot, however, the Snake’s Head Fritillary needs some fertiliser during the growing season, occasionally compost at the beginning of spring can be used.

The Fritillaria meleagris which was chosen because of its excellent robustness 1993 in Germany for 'Flower of the Year', loves being in a garden.  And, moreover, in good company with her 'best friends', who include Leucojum vernum, marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris) and narcissus (Narcissus). Also good to know: Regarding a possible risk from plant diseases or pest infestation, the Snake’s Head Fritillary shows exceptionally high resistance, so that an occasional observation of a possible snail infestation, especially in long-lasting, warm and humid weather is completely sufficient.

How To Multiply Snake’s Head Fritillary Yourself

Similar to many other varieties of the genus of spring flowers, the propagation of the Snake’s Head Fritillary is easy. Small bulbs form on the bulbs, which can be removed carefully after completion of the foliage feeding of the plants for propagation.  After this division quickly dry out the fresh nodules, the new planting should be done as soon as possible.

Another method of propagation can be achieved by seed production, for which a little patience in the care and cultivation will be required. At the time of seed maturity between May and June, it is necessary to cut the ripe stems. Then the small capsules can be dissolved out of the flower and must be stored until July in cool, dry and dark. The seeds are then covered with moistened sand in a plastic bag and kept for another four to six weeks in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. After this, the seeds are mixed with a little soil and distributed at outdoor temperatures between 18 and 20 ° C in the garden. In a sunny, always humid location without direct sunlight, the first pairs of leaves will form after two to three weeks. This step of propagation can also be done in a pot with a substrate. Producing your own fritillaria from seed needs some care and a lot of patience until it's flowering. Sometimes it can take months to germinate. It may take several years before the first delicate flowers are visible.

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