Last updated on December 31st, 2014
Hallelujah — my snowdrops have bloomed! You probably know these Galanthus nivalis from the outdoor garden. But it is indoors, not out, where we can best appreciate the nodding, icy-white bells that are brushed, on the inside, with ribbons of green.
Snowdrops are a cinch to force. In October, plant 5 bulbs in a 4-inch pot. Soak the soil, then let it drain. Then place the pot in a dark, cold (40°F) location for at least 8 weeks. After the cold-duration, transfer the bulbs to a sunny but cool window garden. There, the enchanting flowers will emerge in only 3 weeks time.
If you’d like to save the bulbs for future planting outdoors, be sure to provide food and water until the foliage dies back. Then store the bulbs in a dry, cool place. In autumn, give them a permanent location in a sunny spot outdoors.
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