When can you see snowdrops?

When do snowdrops bloom? Snowdrops flower between January and March, often appearing en masse and creating a characteristic ‘white blanket’ coverage.

What is the season for snowdrops?


Flowering between January and March, snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in gardens after the long winter months.

How long does it take for a snowdrop to grow?

how long does it take for snowdrops to grow? It can take up to seven years for a snowdrop seedling to reach flowering stage. This is why we tend to buy them as bulbs, ready to flower the year after they are planted.

Are snowdrops early this year?

Snowdrops are a natural thermometer

In the mid-part of the 20th century they would generally appear in February, but since the 1990s they have been arriving increasingly early. These days they are often found in early January, an indication of the UK’s changing climate.

Where do snowdrops grow best?

Plant snowdrops in a partly-shaded position in a moist, but well-drained soil with leafmould or garden compost incorporated. It is important that the soil does not dry out in summer.

Do snowdrops only grow in winter?

Snowdrops bloom as early as January and February whatever the weather – they will even push through frozen, snow-covered ground. Although known for their small, white bell-shaped flowers there’s an incredible range of snowdrops to grow.

Are snowdrops difficult to grow?

Snowdrops are more of an amber wheelbarrow plant than green, as they can be tricky to get established and need the right growing conditions to thrive. Whilst they are maintenance free, they do not always grow well except in ideal conditions. Once established, they are trouble free.

Where do snowdrops grow naturally?

Snowdrops, which are native to Europe and the Middle East, are very popular in the northern U.S. and have naturalized widely. Also common in Great Britain, visitors can take special tours where the naturalized flowers form impressive carpets of white blooms. There are even snowdrop festivals in Scotland.

Is it illegal to dig up snowdrops?

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is unlawful to uproot any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier. To uproot (digging) a plant means to ‘dig up or otherwise remove the plant from the land on which it is growing’, whether or not it actually has roots.

Is it better to plant snowdrops in the green?

We are encouraged to plant snowdrops “in the green”, which means while they still have green leaf and are in active growth. Planted like this they establish more reliably than dry bulbs in the autumn. Instructions suggest planting them after the flowers fade, but it is not necessary to wait this long.