Snowdrop Growing Guide


Moist, fertile garden soil.


Full sun in late winter, partial shade in summer.

Frost tolerant

Excellent. Snowdrops are hardy to -25F (-32C).


Topdress with a balanced organic fertilizer in early spring, when new growth appears.


Crocus. Snowdrops naturalize well in light shade, and can be grown in lawns that are not mowed until late spring. Snowdrops combine well with crocuses, scillas, and early-blooming daffodils.


Single Plants: 3″ (10cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3″ (10cm) with 3″ (10cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out dormant bulbs from late summer to early winter, planting them 3in (8cm) deep. Allow 4in (10cm) between bulbs. Over time they will fill in with seedlings and offsets.


Like crocuses, snowdrops are considered harbingers of spring, often blooming before the last snow. Expect snowdrops to spread when planted in a hospitable spot.


Seeds can be gathered and re-sown in early summer. Established clumps can be dug and moved in the fall, but are best left undisturbed.


Snowdrops need a period of winter chilling, and will not persist long in warm climates.

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