Top tips from snowdrop expert Naomi Slade

Guest speaker Noami Slade at Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 2018

Here are some top tips

Choose large flowered, vigorous cultivars especially if growing through ivy and other ground cover plants,  such as:

Galanthus ‘Cedric’s Prolific’

Galanthus ‘Anglesey Abbey’

Galanthus ‘Percy Picton’

Galanthus ‘Tribbett’

Galanthus ‘Magnet’

Galanthus ‘Merlin’

Galanthus ‘Fly Fishing’ – expensive

Galanthus ‘Greatorex Double’

Galanthus ‘S Arnott’ which is also considered to have the best scent


When to plant bulbs?

Contrary to popular belief planting ‘in the green’ can produce very disappointing results because snowdrops are very susceptible to root damage. If roots are damaged they do not re-grow that season. Therefore transplant bulbs ‘in the green’ very carefully.

It is better to plant fresh good quality bulbs from August – October.

Snowdrops do better in the ground rather than in pots. When grown in pots they will be susceptible to drying out, getting to hot or too cold. In pots they should be treated like bedding, feeding them from emergence every 2 weeks until the foliage starts to fade.

Plant snowdrops with aconintes, crocus, cyclamen, hellebores…

The doubles snowdrop Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ is great for mass effect in the garden due to its large flower and it naturalises very well.


Interesting fact

Snowdrop flowers open at 10 degrees Centrigrade to coincide with pollinating insects that is why flowers open like ballerina’s when brought indoors as cut flowers.


Welford Park near Newbury has a fantastic beech woodland full of snowdrops