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Snowdrops & Bluebells

Snowdrops & Bluebells

Divide clumps of bluebells and snowdrops regularly to enjoy swathes and banks of blooms every spring

Snowdrops & Bluebells

3 simple steps:

  1. Lift them – Snowdrops will spread to create a carpet across your garden. To encourage this, and keep them healthy and vigorous, divide clumps as the flowers fade.
  2. Divide them – Tease the clumps apart by hand, taking care not to tear the root structure. Once you have separated them into clusters of 3-5 bulbs, replant them.
  3. Replant them – Make fresh planting holes nearby, leaving space for the clumps to grow again (about 15cm apart). Improve the soil before planting with compost for best results.
Snowdrops & Bluebells

Snowdrop Tips:

  • Avoid planting snowdrops on its own, as they’re much better in small clumps. This will produce a better and more visual display.
  • You will need to water and look after snowdrops after moving/planting them.
  • To divide an existing clump, dig it up and split it. Put half back in the same hole, so there’s still a substantial clump. Then take the other half and split again. This is the best way to form big patches quickly.
  • Avoid planting close to trees as Snowdrops do not do well in heavy shade. It is better to plant towards the edge of the tree canopy.
Snowdrops & Bluebells

English, Spanish and Hybrid bluebells – How to spot the difference:

  • What colours are the flowers? Native species’ flowers are a deep blue, whilst Spanish bluebells tend to have pale-blue/pink flowers.
  • Do the flowers have any scent? The native bluebell has a strong sweet smell; Spanish ones are not scented.
  • What shape are the flowers? Flowers of native bluebells are narrow and tubular, with the tips of the petals rolled back. Whereas the Spanish bluebells are more bell shaped.
  • How are the flowers arranged? The native bluebell has flowers mostly on one side of the stem. Spanish bluebells tend to have them arranged around the whole stem.
  • What colour is the pollen? Native bluebells have creamy white pollen, while Spanish bluebells have pale green/blue pollen.
  • What shape are the leaves? The native bluebell has narrow leaves that are pointed at the tip; whereas Spanish ones have much broader leaves with a rounded tip.
  • Hybrids are between the two, as they are very common and share the characteristics of both the native and Spanish plants.