Galanthus elwesii is a very vigorous large flowered snowdrop and is an excellent variety for naturalising. The flowers of galanthus elwesii are pure white and will grow upto 20cms tall. Galanthus do form clumps very quickly and look great when planted with spring bulbs such as Eranthis.
AGM = Award of Garden Merit given by the RHS to bulbs that are proven performers in gardens
Snowdrops are best when they are planted in free draining soils that have been cultivated to a depth of 10-15cm. Plant the bulbs in fertile soils 5cms deep and 2-3cms apart. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to provide drainage. When planting in lighter sandy soils add organic matter to increase fertility, as this will encourage the bulbs to naturalise. In soils that are not fertile enough feed the bulbs during the leaf and flower stage. Snowdrops naturalise really well and will spread out quickly. The bulbs will need to be divided after a few years. After flowering but before the leaves die back completely dig them up and re-plant further apart.
Snowdrops need to be planted as soon as possible after purchase. Keep soils moist during the first year to help them establish. They can also be grown in containers if required but do not use too much multi purpose compost in the pot.
When planted in shady areas the flowers will last longer than when planted in full sun.
Ideal foods are well rotted manures, tomato feed and bone meal.
Flowering Height: 10-15cm
Flowering Period: January-February
Soil type: All free draining soils that are fertile
Aspect: Semi shadier areas of the garden preferred.
Scented: No significant scent.
Planting Depth: 5cms
Spacing: 2-3cms apart.
Full growing instructions provided.
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