How to Plant Snowdrops

Written by david m. murray, jr.
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Snowdrops are beautiful garden perennials that are the first flowers to bloom in very early spring. Snowdrops resemble three droplets of milk extending down from a green cap. They are relatively hardy plants that grow well in a variety of different soils and climates. You can plant them in partial shade, and even under trees, as they will bloom before the tree's leaves return. Plant snowdrops right after they have bloomed, rather than from the bulb. They are very small, so it is best to group a number of snowdrops together.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Garden space

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  1. 1

    Gently dig all the way around the snowdrop grouping with a small shovel. Lift up under the plant so that you get all of the bulbs out of the ground in a big clump.

  2. 2

    Separate all of the bulbs from the big clump you have pried up out of the ground.

  3. 3

    Replant the bulbs in your new location, keeping the leaves on the plant. Dig a hole deep enough to cover the bulb, while allowing the leaves to remain above the ground.

  4. 4

    Let the leaves turn brown and die off without removing them. This will provide strength for the bulb during the coming blooming season.

Tips and warnings

  • For best results, plant snowdrops right after they have bloomed in early fall.
  • If you plant from bulbs, don't store them; snowdrop bulbs do not have a hard outer core and do not store well.
  • Snowdrops are very small; plant groups of bulbs together for a more dynamic showing.
  • Snowdrops can thrive when planted in an area with just partial sunlight, but do not let the soil dry out in the summer heat. Water your snowdrops regularly.

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