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Snowflake

Knotenblumen Leucojum (Märzenbrecher)The Leucojum, which is also commonly known as snowflakes, already tells us when we can look forward to lively spring blooms in the garden.

   
 
Spring Snowflake

Leucojum vernum

£4.90 *

Summer Snowflake 'Gravetye Giant'

Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'

£3.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Snowflake

The pictures, however, show certain similarities with other, no less enchanting flowers, such as snowdrops. If the weather cooperates, however, the flowering period of these spring snowflakes can quite well begin in February. Confusion with this plant and, for example, with daffodils, are not unusual, although Leucojum, a member of the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), has quite characteristic features. At present, in the flower meadows of Central European hobby gardens, two very distinctive species of these bulbous plants, Leucojum aestivum and Leucojum vernum, can be found, which are distinguished by their pretty, bell-like hanging flowers. Derived from the Greek botanical description, Leucojum does not stand for bells, but for 'leukos' (white) and 'ion' (violets). The wild-growing species of the popular blooms are mainly native to the moist mixed deciduous forests of central and southern Europe. This is important to know: taking these species from the wild to take home is not allowed and like the snowdrops, they are also on the 'Red List' and thus under the strictest nature protection. Therefore, it is much better to buy them yourself, is much less dangerous and completely legal.
 

The best varieties

Leucojum vernum grow up to 20 to 30 centimetres high and with their green-yellow spotted tips they provide real splashes of colour to garden beds. The flowers of this plant develop solitary on the stems and the rich green leaves are much wider than the other typical flowers of the season. The fragrance of this species, which originates from southern and Eastern Europe and begins to flower between March and April, evokes associations with violets. If you want colourful flowers in your garden between April and June, this is not a problem with the summer type 'Gravetye Giant' (Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'), which with a height of 50 centimetres (older specimens even reach between 70 to 100 centimetres) grows stronger in the garden than the early flowering March bulbs. These plants are rich in flowers as well as robust and recognisable by their green edges, which are formed on the bright white flowers. The clearest difference to the spring types is that Leucojum aestivum, in contrast to Leucojum vernum, not only carry one of these fabulous nodding bells but two to seven of them on their leafless stems. When you buy these flowers, you should note that the individual plants should be planted between ten and fifteen inches apart from each other.

The correct location and hints for planting

Knotenblumen Leucojum (Märzenbrecher)These fragrant bulbous plants feel most comfortable in the sun or in areas in the garden that are in the shade of deciduous trees, perhaps also in the neighbourhood of snowdrops. There they may like to be a little bit moist, such as in a meadow, but the soil should be permeable at the site. Like many other March plants, care must be taken to ensure that no waterlogging can form in the area of ​​the sensitive root ball. The spring and summer types like moderately acidic, loamy soils, which have as high a proportion of humus as possible. The soil should not dry out too fast and it should be rich in the most important nutrients. However, a slightly lower soil quality does not mean that these spring and summer plants will not thrive in such a location. On the contrary, the plants only develop a little more slowly there and may not grow quite as big during the first one to two years as if they were planted in high-quality soil in the garden.

The best time to plant the spring and summer varieties is between September and October. On the day of planting, the soil in the garden should not be dripping wet, as too much moisture can damage the bulbs. If the soil is too wet, simply dig a planting hole about ten centimetres deep for each of the bulbs, which will be dry on the inside until the next day thanks to the September heat. The planting distance between the individual bulbs should also be around ten centimetres. These enchanting spring flowers unfold their most beautiful appearance in the garden when they are grown in groups of ten to twelve. Give a spring or summer type a little time for its full development. It is not due to a wrong location or lack of plant care, if the flowers do not grow strong in the first year. As soon as the flowers are fully used to their new surroundings in the garden, they will certainly be very colourful in beds and they will quickly propagate themselves.

How should I maintain my Leucojum?

As soon as the flower bulbs have been planted in the garden soil, the plants start to grow and grow, and as soon as they feel at home, they will start to bloom in the following spring. If the first tentative sprouts appear in March, you can apply a little solid fertiliser if necessary. Otherwise, it would be necessary to moderately water from time to time when there is prolonged dryness, except that no waterlogging may form around the bulbs. Starting about the middle of April, the plants retreat back into the ground and are most comfortable there when left undisturbed. With these otherwise undemanding plants only the remaining leaves need to be removed, but only after they are completely dried up.

Propagation

As soon as the blooms have faded in April or in June for the late varieties, they can be propagated from the mother bulb without any problems. For this purpose, the entire bulb should be carefully lifted from the soil, so that the now visible small, lateral bulbs can be easily removed from the main bulb. After a few years, considerably grown clumps can be thinned if necessary and planted in another place in the garden. Or you can make your garden neighbours happy and give them a few of the strongest bulbs!

Propagation of the seeds is also possible and can be actively assisted by insects, such as ants, which take them into every imaginable corner of the garden. Both types of propagation of the nodding flowers are rather slow because the young plants bloom only after a few years and then perhaps appear somewhere else in the garden, but this undoubtedly has its very special natural appeal.

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