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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.

Snowdrop

Schneeglöckchen kaufen Galanthus nivalisWhy should one buy snowdrop flowers, of all things, when nature is full of these magical beauties in the first months of every year?

   
 
Common Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

£5.40 *

Snowdrop 'Flore Pleno'

Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'

£7.40 *

Snowdrop 'Viridapice'

Galanthus nivalis 'Viridapice'

£8.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Snowdrop

Apart from the fact that we are forbidden to dig out flower bulbs or shrubs that are not ours somewhere, Galanthus nivalis is protected. And since such a theft can not only be very distressing, but also expensive, you are on the safe side when you buy snowdrops from Lubera.

The degree of familiarity of snowdrop flowers is likely to be only slightly below one hundred per cent among the English-speaking population. Nevertheless, probably only a few can imagine that all varieties of these beautiful spring flowers have their own biological heating system whose genius is second to none. Simplified, this plant's self-sustaining automatism works in such a way that the bulbs of the snowdrops make it possible to grow and thrive even under snow and ice in the winter. And they know exactly when it's time to come to light with their magical splendour. They succeed because the subterranean flower bulbs produce heat, which melts the snow within a few centimetres. The glycerine also produced in the snowdrop bulbs prevents any freezing. Thus, the bulbs lying in the ground are reliably prepared for wintry degrees of frost. The stems and flowers of snowdrops, however, can freeze completely.

The classic snowdrop Galanthus nivalis is between 10 to 20 cm high. Its bell-shaped flowers shine in a beautiful snow-white and form three outer and three inner bracts. The leaves on the stem are quite narrow at approximately four millimetres and they have a bluish green colour.

With Galanthus nivalis 'Viridapice', the breeders have achieved a particularly colourful creation. This type of snowdrop is about 15 to 20 cm high and has as a special feature in the tips of the flowers extending into green-coloured outer patches. Thus, this small Galanthus variety is a visual enrichment to any spring garden; this species for enthusiasts can also be grown excellently in small pots.

The double-bloomed variety Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' was awarded the 'Garden of Merit Award' in 2018 by the British Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). This vigorous beauty is one of the historic types of snowdrops that surprise not only with its beguiling fragrance but also with its green-edged petals and greenish white filling.

Of the snowdrops belonging to the botanical genus Amaryllis (Amaryllidaceae), about 20 species of bulbs are known today. The natural home of the popular spring bloomers lies in the Ukrainian Black Sea areas, the Caucasus as well as at high altitudes around the Balkan Mountains. From the northeast of Turkey, it is believed, the snowdrops were introduced to Central Europe in the 16th century, where they finally spread through the extensive wilderness.

Larger stocks of Galanthus nivalis are mainly found in our region in the vicinity of the historic park and castle grounds or on ancient walls of cemeteries. There, but also everywhere, snowdrops can thrive undisturbed; they grow magnificently, sometimes for centuries. It is always worthwhile to buy long-term varieties, especially since the lovable spring bloomers make very little demands on their owners in terms of their location and the care required. Leisure gardeners, who grow their beds and perennials in the garden in a natural way, understand something about restrained plant care and largely refrain from digging up their plot as far as possible, can be pleased about the most beautiful snowdrops by far.

Plant snowdrops in time

Schneeglöckchen kaufen Galanthus nivalisSince the spring-flowering bulbs sprout from the ground in good time, starting in August, one should begin by planting and using the highest quality snowdrop bulbs for an autumn planting. When planting snowdrops, the quality of the bulbs used plays an essential role. Especially in DIY stores and discounters' special offers, packaged flower bulbs are occasionally advertised which were obtained from Turkish or Georgian wild plants and which basically have little to do with the sales-promoting illustrations on the packaging. This often leads to variations in quality during storage; the flower bulbs are too dry or were exposed to moisture for a long time, which later avenge in the garden with skinny flowering and poor sprouting for various species of Galanthus. Fresh, healthy snowdrop bulbs feel plump when pressed lightly between your thumb and index finger.

What needs to be considered when planting?

As far as the soil conditions in the garden are concerned, the wishes of the snowdrops are decidedly modest. Suitable for the small snowdrop flowers are partially shaded to shady locations, such as under trees, in the immediate vicinity of some older hedges or berry shrubs. Even a meadow not located in the blazing sun or a place on the edge of deciduous and mixed forests would be an ideal location for snowdrops. The spring flowers develop their greatest joy of growth on not too heavy, fresh and humus-rich soils. A nutrient-rich soil, which does not dry out too quickly during the summer and is not in the full sun during the midday, is perfectly suitable. Fallow soil should be thoroughly loosened up before planting the snowdrops.

When should snowdrops be planted?

The main planting time starts in early autumn and ends at the latest in early November. A suitable time is when the soil in the area around the snowdrop planting holes is moderately moist. For the flower bulbs, a hole of about five to eight centimetres deep should be dug; at the lateral distances, it should be 10 to 15 centimetres. After the bulbs are placed with the tip upwards and straight at the bottom of the plant hole, loosely fill the hole up with soil and water moderately. You do not need to fertilise these flowers.

The new spring splendour of flowers is best appreciated when the bulbs are planted in irregular groups. As neighbours, they like crocuses, winter aconite, squills and common hepatica/liverleaf. But do not plant the various spring flowers too densely, since the formation of daughter bulbs usually produces larger clumps of Galanthus after just a few years. When buying snowdrops, be sure to use at least eight to twelve bulbs per square metre.

Is special care necessary?

Once properly grown, the snowdrops need little attention throughout their lives. If anything, they should not be cut back until their foliage has dried out completely. If snowdrops are to grow wild in the lawn, the mower may remain in the shed until the wilting process is complete. The hardy bulbs will take care of themselves for years – well – maybe not quite, because with prolonged dryness and weeks of heat they will be in need of water.

What to look for when propagating snowdrops?

As a garden owner, the only thing to be kept in mind is that these magical spring flowers do not proliferate by themselves. When cleaning the withered inflorescences, the seed formation of the plants and its distribution can be easily reduced or completely prevented. On the other hand, the seeds thus obtained can of course also be used to grow new snowdrops. Much easier is the desired propagation by dividing the plant or the separation of its self-produced daughter bulbs. A favourable date for this would be shortly after flowering, leaving the bulbs enough time for rooting in the new environment until autumn. Carefully pull the whole plant out of the ground with a digging fork. Then gently remove the adhering soil, remove the small daughter bulbs from the main tuber and, as described above, plant as soon as possible into the prepared new planting holes.

Finally, a tip for the followers of the guerrilla gardening movement: the snowdrop seed obtained from a handful of plants is completely sufficient to create many new and blooming landscapes in the cityscape just outside the front door or elsewhere!

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