How to Grow
Galanthus (Snowdrop)

Optimum Planting Time: September – November
Flowers: January - February
Height: 10-15cm

Where to plant

Galanthus prefer a shady spot and will thrive in most soils under trees, deciduous shrubs or in the
front of borders. They’re also ideal for planting in drifts, naturalising in a lawn to create a woodland

How to plant in the ground

1. We recommend you plant Galanthus about 10 cm deep in the soil with a small bulb planter,
roughly 10cm apart.
2. Galanthus need semi shade and a well-drained but moisture retentive soil so plant with leaf
mulch or a good multi-purpose compost in your rockery, or alpine garden.

How to plant in containers

1. In addition to planting in the garden, galanthus can be planted in containers and the bulbs
can be forced to bloom so you can enjoy their pretty nodding heads indoors.
2. Fill your container with a bulb compost that contains grit to aid drainage.
3. Place the bulbs side by side in your container and plant about 10 cm deep with the pointed
heads up and keep soil moist.
4. Store your container in a cool, dark place and once foliage appears, move into a sunny


1. It’s important that galanthus bulbs don’t dry out in the summer which is a common cause of
their failure the following year.
2. When planted in grass, don’t mow until the leaves have died right back.
3. Once the foliage has died down, galanthus should be split and replanted to avoid
overcrowding, which can affect the flower display the following year.
4. Continue to feed with a good quality potting medium, as well a bone meal fertiliser.

Pests and Diseases

Look out for a fuzzy, grey mould on galanthus that is caused by the fungus Botrytis galanthina,
causing leaves and flowers to collapse. It comes about in wet conditions so if detected, ensure you
remove the affected bulbs and destroy them, as well avoiding planting snowdrops in the same spot
where the disease has occurred previously.

Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels enjoy feasting on galanthus bulbs and love digging down to
get to their meal. To tackle this, make sure the bulbs are planted at an appropriate depth where
they can’t get to them and mix in grit or sharp stones as a deterrent. Chicken wire can also be used
to make a cage around your planted area.

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