Spring planted

Galanthus Pieces of Eight

Order Code: 22-326

Delivery in March

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Price is for 1 bulb

Found together with Long John Silver, this is more buried treasure from Veronica Cross' garden. A vigorous plant with paddle shaped outer petals, nicely slimmed at the base to show the darkly marked inner segments but wide below to accommodate the broad flash of green. A nicely arched pedicel let the flowers hang gracefully. Supplied "in the green".

Planting Instructions

All snowdrops prefer cool, moist conditions in the spring and a dry dormancy during the summer. This can be achieved by planting them in amongst the roots of deciduous trees and shrubs which will take away the moisture in summer and allow a long dry dormancy in the shade. Plant the bulbs as soon as you can (as long as the ground is not frozen) in the spot where you want them to grow. Dig a narrow planting hole probably 4-6" (10-15cm) deep with an asparagus trowel or similar, loosening the soil as you go. Plant your snowdrop at a depth slightly greater than it was previously (where the stem turns green) and nearly up to where the leaves divide. Firm in and water well, remembering to label the spot. If you have more than one of the same variety, space them about 4" (10cm) apart.

Snowdrops rarely seem very happy in pots in the long term, so we suggest that they are transferred to the garden for best results. We recommend the use of aquatic baskets to contain special snowdrop bulbs in the garden. This helps to keep them from ‘wandering’. It also means that you can move them all at once without excessive disturbance and with a (home-made) lid offer them some protection from pests. The plants within can happily root out into the surrounding soil but not escape. Once re-established they ought to flower again the next spring. Divide and disperse them further as the clumps develop.

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