Posted: 02/02/2017 at 21:01
If you buy dried Galanthus bulbs from any normal outlet then they are generally dead. They really hate being dried out. They developed the bulb form to avoid shade from deciduous trees. They are what is known as 'naked' bulbs. In other words unlike say a Tulip, they do not have a coat which protects them from dessication. If you want some in your garden then buy them either 'in the green' or as potted up plants or as freshly dug bulbs (They should not be out of the ground for more than a week or so).
Our Snowdrops were here when we moved, all I have done is to spread them out over a greater area. We do have some named forms in other places though. All of them were bought as growing plants though.