Snowdrop Bulbs

The earliest flowering of all spring bulbs, the snowdrop's pure white flowers lighten the darkest winter day. Plant in autumn in a part shaded position in moist but good draining soil. They will multiple naturally so divide every couple of years. Our growing guide contains everything you need to know about growing your own Snowdrops (Galanthus) including; when to plant Snowdrop (Galanthus) bulbs and how to plant Snowdrop Bulbs.

View our how to grow Snowdrop (Galanthus) guide here.

Our Snowdrop (Galanthus) Bulbs will be sent to you from late September and can be planted from September to October, at 3 times the depth of the bulb, approximately 10cm deep.

We have a wide variety of planting tools to help get the perfect depth here.

You can also view our entire Spring Flowering Bulbs range here.

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Snowdrop Bulbs FAQs

Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we receive from those looking to buy Snowdrop Bulbs in the UK. You can contact our Customer Service Team or browse our general FAQs for further advice.

When to plant Snowdrop Bulbs

Snowdrop bulbs are best planted in early autumn, typically between September and November. Planting during this time allows them to establish roots before winter and ensures they are ready to bloom in late winter or early spring.

How to Plant Snowdrop Bulbs

To plant snowdrop bulbs, choose a shady or partially shaded location with well-drained soil. Prepare the soil by loosening it and adding compost or well-rotted manure. Plant the bulbs about 5-10 cm deep and 5-10 cm apart. Place the bulbs in the holes with the pointed end facing up, cover with soil, and firm gently. Water thoroughly after planting. Mulching helps retain moisture and protect the bulbs from extreme cold.

How long do Snowdrop Bulbs take to grow

Snowdrop bulbs typically take a few weeks to establish roots and begin growing. They will bloom in late winter or early spring, often appearing as the first flowers of the year. Proper care, including regular watering and feeding, will promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.

Why Grow Snowdrop Bulbs?

Growing snowdrop bulbs brings early colour and charm to your garden. These hardy perennials are among the first flowers to bloom each year, providing a welcome sign of spring. Snowdrops are low-maintenance, resilient, and can naturalise to create beautiful drifts of white flowers over time. They also attract early pollinators, supporting your garden’s ecosystem.

Where can you grow Snowdrop Bulbs?

Snowdrop bulbs thrive in shady to partially shaded locations with well-drained soil. They are ideal for woodland gardens, borders, under trees, and along pathways. Snowdrops can also be grown in containers and are excellent for naturalising in lawns and meadows, adding a delicate touch of beauty to various garden settings.

Why Buy Snowdrop Bulbs from Marshalls?

  • Our customers are supported by a team of experts dedicated to providing valuable advice. You can also use our growing guides, backed by 70 years of experience, to get the best results from your Snowdrop Bulbs and other plants.
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