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The sight of snowdrop shoots poking up through snow-covered ground is one of the first signs that spring is near. It was once thought that their leaves were thermogenic, producing their own heat in order to melt through the snow. However, it is more likely a thermal effect of sunlight heating the tips of the leaves warmer than the surrounding snow. Each bulb produces 2-3 narrow, green leaves and a single flower scape (or stalk).
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Allow the leaves to remain in place to gather and store energy for next year. They will take a year to get established. In their second year, they will produce more flowers and begin to multiply and spread.
What can give us more hope that the end of winter is near than to see the young shoots of snowdrops (Galanthus spp.) emerging from the frost-covered ground? We can be well assured that spring is just around the corner by the very sight of their blooms standing out against the melting snow or brown earth. Often the first bulbs to bloom, snowdrops are not only beautiful, but easy to grow.
Snowdrops are in the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), and there are only a dozen cultivated species, mostly native to the deciduous woodlands of Europe and western Asia. Snowdrops are often confused with snowflakes (Leucojum spp.), to which they are closely related. Snowflakes are not only later-blooming but also much larger. Although both plants have white, bell-like flowers with green-tipped segments, the snowdrop has green tips only on the inner flower segments; the three larger outer segments are unmarked.
Woodland settings are ideal for snowdrops, and they will return year after year if given winter low temperatures that reach at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but no colder than 30 degrees below zero. Snowdrops are equally effective whether they are naturalized in large masses, tucked in small pockets in rock gardens, or grown in colonies under early spring-flowering shrubs.
Snowdrop bulbs can remain undisturbed for many years and will multiply by themselves; however, they also can be propagated by division. The best time to move or divide snowdrops is when they have just finished flowering. Lift the bulbs and the soil around them so as not to disturb the roots, and replant immediately in sections of no fewer than four or five bulbs. Be sure the newly transplanted bulbs receive a thorough watering.
This species has 1/4-inch, blue-green leaves and 6- to 9-inch stems that support a single flower, 1 inch in diameter. Flowering from January to March, the common snowdrop blooms slightly earlier than the giant snowdrop. Native to almost all of Europe, it can be found growing in woods and by streams. Among the choicest varieties are 'Atkinsii', which is very early blooming, and 'Flore Pleno', which is double-flowered.
As its common name implies, this species has relatively large flowers that are 1 1/2 inches long and borne singularly on 6- to 12-inch long stems. The basal leaves are 8 inches long and 3/4-inch wide. Flowering from February to April, this species withstands hot weather better than G. nivalis. Native to Yugoslavia, Romania, the Ukraine, Greece, and western Turkey, the giant snowdrop prefers scrublands and woods.
Now is time to purchase those spring-flowering bulbs. Mid- to late November is the best time for buying daffodil, snowdrop, tulip, narcissus, hyacinth and crocus bulbs to allow them enough chilling hours to bloom in the spring.
The chilling hours for common bulbs grown in Louisiana are 12 to 16 weeks of temperatures around 35 to 45 degrees for tulips, snowdrops, hyacinths and narcissuses. Crocuses and daffodils require 15 to 16 weeks.
When chilling, keep bulbs away from fruits and vegetables that release ethylene gas (plant hormone) as part of their natural ripening process because it damages the embryonic flowers inside the bulbs. You can cheat for a burst of early color in winter by chilling earlier in the year in late September through October.
Snowdrops are bulbs, very much like tulips and daffodils. They spend the hot summer as dormant bulbs underground and look just like the bulbs you buy in fall. From the outside not much is happening, but inside, the snowdrop bulb is developing the leaves and flowers for next year.
There are two ways to transplant snowdrops in spring. You can buy a pot of growing bulbs and simply put the whole clump into the ground. This will cause minimal root disturbance and should not affect flowering in the future.
A much better approach is to leave the snowdrop alone. The leaves will eventually dry up showing you that the bulb is dormant. You can then dig up the snowdrops and replant them, immediately, in a new location. Using this approach will have very little effect on the snowdrop and it will bloom great next year.
Snow Drops are the most cheery delightful little flowers that are always the first to be brave enough to open in the most cruel spring weather. Mine are ancient and have strayed here and there. I checked out this site to see when and if I could move some- like out of a pathway or closer to a stone wall, etc. This has been most helpful, thank you.
Legend has it that, after God cast Eve from the Garden of Eden, he sent forth continuous snow, making the earth barren and cold. As Eve sat and wept at her fate, an angel appeared and began to comfort her. This angel caught hold of a snowflake and breathed lightly onto it. And after this snowflake flitted to the ground it turned into the beautiful snowdrop.
Lighter red carnations symbolise admiration and are a great message to send to someone you work with. The hopeful snowdrop adds a lovely element too, telling your colleague that they represent a goal for you and that you aspire to be more like them.
As we watch for snowdrops on our walks in the woods and around cultivated areas, we have to remember the influence that temperatures have on flowering times. Last year, most snowdrops documented on iNaturalist were recorded in the first half of March, though a few blooms were noted in mid-February and a few later blooms were spotted in early April. Last year, Western Pennsylvania set a record high temperature with 78F on February 20, and the average high was 47.6F while the average low was 30F (for comparison, the average high/low for the month is supposed to be 39.3F /23F). While overall changes in flowering time may appear minor, as our climate changes, there is no doubt that global flowering times are changing as well. If Pennsylvania winters continue to warm, we can expect to see earlier bloom times for some of our flower species, but this is just a small part of a multitude of changes among other species and ecological patterns. Remember, though, you have the power to make easy changes that have a big impact on climate change!
Snowdrops are a woodland plant, which means their ideal growing conditions are partial shade, moist but well-drained soil. This is important because if the soil is too dry, and the bulbs to dry out, there is a real risk they will fail the following year. As a woodland plant, snowdrops are tolerant of partial shade, which makes them suitable for under planting among trees and shrubs.
Like Hellebores, snowdrops flowers hang down and sometimes it's hard to see the lovely flower markings inside. For this reason, they are ideal for planting in a wall, or a bank, so that the flowers clearly displayed. Professional growers sometimes display snowdrops with mirrors at the base to highlight the delicate flowers.
Snowdrops look good planted in drifts to form clumps as illustrated centre. I have seen them planted to great effect around the foot of Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis) where the white bark chimes with the white of the snowdrops (see image below) The most popular varieties of Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, the Himalayan Birch, which have the RHS award of garden merit are: 'Doorenbos' 'Jermyns' 'Silver Shadow' and 'Grayswood Ghost ' They are also commonly planted with winter flowering Aconites for a bright display, see images below.
In the autumn, snowdrops are planted as bulbs. This is the cheapest way to get snowdrops, but not always the most successful. Snowdrops bulbs seem to be harder to get going than other bulbs. Few suppliers will give an assurance that the bulbs are freshly lifted. Bulbs which have been in garden centres hanging around for some time may well have dried out, which makes them more difficult to grow.
In late February/March Snowdrops are sold and planted ' in the green' which is after flowering but whilst the bulbs is still in leaf. This is not as cheap as bulbs, but usually more successful. You can, of course, buy snowdrops in bloom in containers for an instant display. Cost is a factor with snowdrops, a good number are needed to make a display.
Not all snowdrops are created equal. In the image right the snowdrop flower is large with bold green markings. Given that snowdrops are a modest sized flower to start with, a small variety can be diminutive, and possibly disappointing. Some reasonably sized varieties which have the RHS Award of Garden Merit are: G. 'S. Arnott' which is fragrant, G.elwesii slightly smaller and sometimes scented, G. Atkinsii, G.'Straffan' and G. 'Ophelia' both of which usually have two flowers per bulb; and G Ailwyn'. G. plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' is unusual, white with bright yellow ovary and pedicel and also G. ' Rodmarton' which is an early double snowdrop with very distinctive green inner petals; these are just a few of the dozens of varieties on sale. It is worth checking out the size of the Snowdrop offered for sale and choose one of the larger varieties. The RHS lists 10 award winning Snowdrops a good starting point when choosing varieties to plant.
Plants are often listed as "good for pollinators and bees." I always like to show that it's actually true and that the plant really benefits bees. So although this is not the best photograph, I took it in early February and it shows a honeybee foraging on snowdrops. Although a cold time of year, a mild day will bring out the bees enjoying early flowering plants, snowdrops, hellebores, and crocus are all ideal. 041b061a72