Snowdrop ,SPRING FLOWERING BULBS
- Leucojum bulbs are great for borders, containers, near a pond and naturalizing
- » Leucojum bulbs perform best in full sun but will tolerate some shade
- » Leucojum bulbs dislike wetness (wet feet) and require well-drained soil
- » Fertilize Leucojum bulbs when the foliage pushes through the soil in spring. We recommend a general low-nitrogen fertilizer
- » When planting Leucojum bulbs, you should always place the pointed end up
- » Leucojum bulbs should be planted at a depth of double the height of the bulb
Despite the name, summer snowflake bulbs (Leucojum aestivum) bloom in mid to late spring in most areas, just a couple of weeks after the spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum). Both bulbs have grass-like foliage and dainty, fragrant drooping bells.
Nothing could be easier than snowflake plant care. Summer snowflakes are the larger of the two plants, growing 1 1/2 to 3 feet tall. The foliage of spring snowflake bulbs grows about 10 inches tall and the flowers bloom on 12-inch stalks. Unlike some spring bulbs, the snowflake’s foliage lasts a long time after the flowers fade.
Growing snowflake Leucojum at the back of a low-growing perennial border creates an interesting backdrop for late spring and early summer-blooming flowers.
How to Grow Snowflake Bulbs Snowflakes are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. Choose a location with full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. If your soil isn’t rich in organic matter, work plenty of compost or composted manure into the bed before planting. Sprinkle a small amount of bulb fertilizer over the compost before digging it deep into the soil. Plant the bulbs in fall under 3 to 4 inches of soil and 6 to 10 inches apart.
Snowflake Plant Care When spring arrives, the plant’s only demand is moist soil. Water the plants deeply and thoroughly when rainfall is less than 2 inches per week. Keep up the watering schedule as long as the plant is growing. Snails and slugs love to dine on snowflakes. If you see their slime trails in the area, it’s a good idea to set out traps and baits in spring. Some bait is harmless to children, pets and wildlife while others are quite toxic. You can leave summer and spring snowflake bulbs in the ground in the same location for many years unless you want to divide them for propagation purposes. The plants don’t require regular division. They spread to fill the space between the plants, but never become invasive.