Chionodoxas or glories of the snow are charming plants native to the eastern Mediterranean region producing clusters of star-shaped flowers in early spring. Particularly suited for the grass border, rockery and woodland garden, these hardy, carefree bulbs will happily naturalise and increase in numbers over the years by shedding seeds. Try planting en masse under deciduous trees or mix with early springs bulbs and perennial plants for added texture and interest. Chionodoxas can also be grown in containers.
Plant around 8 cm deep in a well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade — allowing for around 75 to 100 bulbs per square meter. Feed every couple of weeks with high potash feed; if you garden organically liquid seaweed is ideal as it’s organic and comes from a sustainable source. Four weeks after flowering, the foliage will usually disappear. In late summer, provide them with a top dressing of organic matter. Lift and divide congested clumps every few years to prevent them from losing some of their flowering potential. The bulblets can be removed and replanted.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Chionodoxas do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.