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12/04/2013 at 10:13

I have masses of Snowdrops that are wonderful when in full flower but now they are fading fast and I'd like to plant other things in the bed. Problem is, the Snowdrop leaves cover so much ground but I am unsure whether it's correct to chop them off or to let them all die away naturally. That will take ages so what is best to do given that I want to have other plants as the seasons progress? Someone told me to tie the leaves into little that a good idea?

12/04/2013 at 10:19
It's certainly in the snowdrop's best interests to let the leaves die down naturally as this feeds the bulb for next year's display. Tying them in knots inhibits this process.
12/04/2013 at 10:34

I second that. 


12/04/2013 at 10:35

I always give mine a feed of pelleted chicken or cow manure as the flowers go over.  It's also the best time to lift and divide the clumps to make more of a spring show for next year.

It doesn't take long for their foliage to die down and you can't expect them to make energy for next year's flwoers if you remove or knot the foliage.  The leaves are a plant's food factory.

You can plant right up next to them and that will disguise the foliage whilst still leaving it to do its job.

12/04/2013 at 10:55

Thankyou for your advice. I will do as you suggest and plant between them. I will also remove some because the whole bed is FULL of them. I took some out last year and moved to the 'front' garden which has also looked very pretty during the colder weather. Just have so many!......friends and neighbours will be pressed to take some

12/04/2013 at 19:53

You are a very,very, very lucky bunny to have so many.

12/04/2013 at 21:57

Whippet - you haven't put the area where you live on your details - shame, we could all come and queue up 

13/04/2013 at 18:20
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

You are a very,very, very lucky bunny to have so many.

 Indeed They are in a north facing bed, never have a glimmer of sunshine and have filled the place.

Dovefromabove..I'm in south Lincs

13/04/2013 at 18:23

Not far away Whippet, I'm in N Cambs. I'm not short of snowdrops though and it's too late to admire the display

14/04/2013 at 07:56
Whippet wrote (see)


Dovefromabove..I'm in south Lincs


So are my in-laws 

14/04/2013 at 11:44
I also leave mine to die down naturally, however now is a good time to lift and divide whilst they are in the "green".Would love to queue up for some freebies but I live in South Wales!!! They'd be dead by the time I got them home!
14/04/2013 at 11:53

Best to leave them be , but if you want to transplant some to another area its beast to do it now. Whilst they are still in the green is the technical term i think

14/04/2013 at 12:04

I have some snowdrops that are spreading, I want to divde them but I don't have anywhere to put them once I have doent this. 

Any sugestions for a tempoary home?

14/04/2013 at 12:14


14/04/2013 at 12:15

This was covered in a recent Gardening TV prog. Lift and divide into smaller manageable clumps of 5 or 6 bulbs leaving foliage on. Pot into small pots in ordinary compost. Let die down in the normal way so that they take up the food contained in the leaves. Don't let them dry out completely, keeping moist but not waterlogged.Pot out into desired position when ready. Plants planted in the green, usually do better than bulbs on their own, so best to move them to new home before leaves have totally died back.

Good luck with this, the rewards are wonderful at a time when there is barely anything open.

14/04/2013 at 16:17
@The Doctor - if you've got some leaf mould lying around, you could pot them up in that mixed about 50/50 with MPC. And label them! I'd leave them somewhere shady, and keep them moistish.
04/05/2013 at 18:47

Thankyou all for the advice.

I've removed and given away about half of them and have filled in the gaps with bedding plants. Not much sign of the leaves dying back yet but at least there are splashes of colour here and there.

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