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Galanthus Genus

Snowdrop

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Description

Galanthus genus (Snowdrop). This genus has about 19 species of small bulbs. The flowers are small, white and nodding; there is one on each slender stem between two basal leaves. The flowers have three large outer petals and three small inner ones forming a cup, which is green.

Characteristics

Perennials, Fragrants

Origin

Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their pendant flowers, one on each slender stem between 2 basal leaves.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will need a cool, partial shaded position with humus-rich, moist soil. Do not allow bulbs to dry out excessively. Plant at a depth of approximately 9cm.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring after flowering or in late summer or autumn when bulbs are dormant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to grey mould and bulb fly.

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