What methods can snowdrops reproduce with?

What methods can snowdrops reproduce with?

The simplest method of propagation: separate the bulbs

Dividing the plant or separating new bulbs is a proven and fast method of propagation that is recommended to every snowdrop fan. During or shortly after flowering, a good time has come to propagate the planted snowdrops in this way.

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A later division is not advisable. The onions need enough time to root and in autumn there may be difficulties starting because the onions are often already exhausted. In the spring they are soaked with water and energy. This method of propagation is recommended by mid-March at the latest.

How to proceed:

  • Dig up snowdrops with digging fork
  • Remove soil
  • Separate the smaller daughter onions from the main onion
  • Dig plant holes
  • Plant the onions 6 cm deep with the point up
  • Minimum distance between: 10 cm

Propagation with the help of the seeds

Propagating snowdrops with their seeds doesn't have to be taken into your own hands. Ants help spread the seeds. The ants carry the seeds away to eat their nutrient bodies. This will distribute the snowdrops naturally throughout the garden.

Those who do not want to rely on the ants' work can sow the seeds. The seeds usually ripen in April. They are in the spherical and light brown colored fruit. It is best if the seeds are sown immediately outside or in a box.

  • Seeds are cold germers (4 weeks temperatures between -4 and 4 ° C)
  • Seeds are dark germs: sow 1 cm deep
  • Select moist, humus rich soil for sowing
  • ideal location: shady in summer, partially shaded in spring
  • do not sow near conifers (acidic soil does not tolerate snowdrops)

Tips & Tricks

Since the development of the seeds weakens the plant, the withered flowers of most snowdrops should be cut off. It is enough to harvest the seeds of a handful of snowdrops to make many new specimens.