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Sibton Park

Kent, England

Time to divide your snowdrops...

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 12, 2015
The grounds at Sibton
The grounds at Sibton

Snowdrop season is usually from around January to March and, though there may be some late bloomers out there, it is likely these dainty winter flowers have finished for the year. But don't discard them just yet – now is the time to split them. Dig them, divide them, replant them and next year watch them multiply!

With Sibton Park's fantastic snowdrop display, we thought gardener Doug would be the man to speak to for some top tips on how and when to split our snowdrops so that next winter great swaths of them appear where there was just a smattering before.

With snowdrops, each bulb produces one single bell-shaped flower, so in order to get more flowers next year, you'll need to split the root clumps where the new bulbs have formed.

  • It is best to divide and replant snowdrops when they are 'in the green'. This is as soon as they have finished flowering for the year, while the foliage is still green and fresh looking.
  • It is important not to have the plants or the bulbs dry out! Which is why acting fast is key for this.
  • If you have your planting spots prepared ready it will minimise the time the bulbs are exposed to the fresh air – again important for not allowing them to dry out.
  • Where your existing snowdrops are growing, water the soil well to loosen it. Dislodge the soil around the plant, making sure to dig deep enough under the root not to damage it. Pull up the plant and brush all the soil from the roots and bulbs.
  • Nip off any existing flowers so that all the plant's energy can be concentrated into root growth.
  • You will see several bulbs have formed in the root clump. Gently tease these apart and replant each of them in their new planting spot. Simple!

Snowdrops prefer light shade which is why you will often see them growing under the canopy of trees, around gateposts or tucked into the side of buildings. They flourish in moist, well-drained soil, so water them in once they're planted.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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