Galanthus spp. (Snowdrops) [30 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who are experienced with handling challenging seeds. The germination period may be months or a year or more, and then it may take the bulbs another 3 or 4 years to reach flowering size. The entire process requires care and patience. Seriously, you’re best off buying bulbs if you can. But if you can’t for some reason, or if you want to try growing snowdrops from seed just for the experience, then great–give these a try!

Now, to be honest, I usually just let my snowdrops self-sow, so 2020 will be my first year trying to start them in pots; I will be learning along with you. Apparently the seeds can germinate by late summer if sown fresh in warm-moist conditions, but I don’t know that first-hand. I mixed these seeds with moist coir about 2 weeks after I collected them and have kept them in warm conditions. Once you receive them,  plant the seed/coir mix in a pot, covered with about 1 inch of your preferred starting mix, and set it outdoors. Keep an eye on it to see when seedlings appear. If they do appear in August to November, you may want to put them in a sheltered spot protected from frost until they die back naturally for the first time. Then you could keep the pot outdoors or move the contents to a nursery bed for a few years, until they reach flowering size.

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A welcome sign of spring approaching, snowdrops (Galanthus spp.) pop up in mid- to late winter and begin blooming in late winter to early spring, often when there is still snow on the ground. Their dainty, nodding, white flowers look lovely with hellebores (Helleborus spp.) and other early bloomers. They self-sow readily and can form large patches in shaded borders and woodland gardens. The plants die back to the underground bulbs in late spring. Snowdrops are reportedly hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

I collected these seeds in the last week of May 2020. They are most likely from typical Galanthus nivalis, but there may be other forms or species mixed in. (I wasn’t expecting to be able to collect seeds, so I didn’t keep track of which plants were where.)  Each packet contains at least 30 seeds, packed in moist coir and stored warm (around 72°F). I will have these seeds available only in June and July, because it is so important for them to be sown fresh.

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