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How to plant snowflakes

Overview

March is the month to plant a range of bulbs 'in the green'. Instead of planting dormant bulbs in autumn of snowdrops, winter aconites, bluebells, snowflakes and others, specialist nurseries lift bulbs with their green leaves attached, ready for immediate planting. The pictured snowflakes are Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'. Snowflakes enjoy similar woodland conditions to snowdrops but flower later, establishing to form bold clumps. Let bulb foliage die down naturally in summer.


How to do it

1

Order plants now from mail-order suppliers. Growing bulbs will be delivered carrying roots and leafy shoots.


2

Fork plenty of compost into the soil. Plant bulbs as soon as they're delivered so just their green tips sit above soil level.


3

Firm soil round each bulb then water thoroughly to settle the soil. Continue to water each week if conditions are dry.


4

Snowflakes will quickly come into flower, carrying bell-shaped blooms on short stems in succession through April.




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