How to Divide Snowdrops in the Green

How to Divide Snowdrops in the Green

Firstly, welcome to today’s video in which John shows you how to divide snowdrops in the green in your garden to ensure a great year on year display.

Secondly, John also shows you how to lift your snowdrops and then replant them in your garden.

Furthermore, John has some great tips for you throughout the tutorial.

Galanthus nivalis is our Snowdrop in the Green

Firstly, in our Somerset garden we have Galanthus nivalis and this is the variety that John shows you how to divide in the green.

Clump of Snowdrops
Galanthus nivalis in the Green

Dividing snowdrops in the green means after your snowdrops have flowered.

Did you know this beautiful snowdrop has several common names such as Common Snowdrop, Fair Maids of February, Candlemas Bells?

Consquently, Nivalis probably refers to its snow-like flowers or its association with snow.

A Little Background Info on Snowdrops

Floriferous and long lived, G. nivalis occurs in deciduous woodland such as beech, hornbeam, oak and elm.

Similarly, it is happy amongst scrub and rocks favouring natural vegetation.

Snowdrops by water
The Ditch at East Lambrook Manor Gardens

Likewise, it often occurs in humid places such as by rivers, streams, springs or in wet, stony places.

Why Choose Snowdrops At All?

From February to March, these little dwarf bulbous perennials are a fantastic low maintenance plant, very hardy in the UK and very easy to divide in the green.

Furthermore, they are great in partly shaded positions or full sun and can be north, south, east or west facing and either exposed or sheltered.

Similarly, G. nivalis is good in sand, clay, chalk and loam and because snowdrops need moisture, make sure the soil is well drained but moist.

In addition, keep watering your snowdrops throughout the summer so that the soil does not dry out.

Certainly, leaf mould or garden compost is great for snowdrops.

Snowdrops on a bank
Delicate, pretty and very low maintenance!

Above all, as the foliage dies back naturally there is no need for training or pruning – very easy!

However, these spring plants also make lovely container plants, good for indoors and out.

Therefore, snowdrops are fab if you live in the city, have a window box or courtyard garden – a great tip for early colour and display to cheer you up during wintry days.

Consequently, by dividing and replanting your snowdrops in the green you will be able to establish large clumps in your garden.

As a result of learning how to divide snowdrops in the green you will be able to enjoy more and more snowdrops in your garden year on year –

Finally – it will be very worth your while!

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