Traditionally it has been recommended that snowdrops are best moved, planted or propagated by division after flowering. Experimentation current thinking is variables which can produce change. As the leaves yellow towards the end of spring and later when fully dormant. This helps avoid root damage.
When introducing Galanthus to your garden, avoid dried out in the sales area of nurseries and garden centre. Buying in ‘the green; is most advisable for the bulbs to have been freshly lifted. If plants have been container grown, aim to settle them in their permanent positions as soon as possible. Avoid disturbing the roots too much as you plant.
If you are moving your snowdrops try and take as much of the soil surrounding their roots as possible to their new location. Disturb the roots as little as possible taking extra care when dividing and pulling apart clumps. Split into individual bulbs spacing them a few centimetres apart and 10cm deep. It is essential that newly divided plants are kept well watered, even through their summer dormancy. Furthermore, a soil rich in leaf mould from deciduous trees is ideal for snowdrops, in full sun or partial shade.
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