Why you should plant snowdrops in the green

Why you should plant snowdrops in the green
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When it comes to planting bulbs, the tradition has been to do so in their dormant state during September to November. However, from experience our prefered method is planting bulbs in the green, particularly for snowdrops, bluebells, and eranthis. In this guide, we'll explore the unique beauty of these bulbs and delve into why planting in the green is a very successful method for certain varieties.

What Does Planting in the Green Mean?

Planting in the green refers to the practice of transplanting bulbs while they are actively growing and in leaf. This method is particularly well-suited for certain spring-flowering bulbs like snowdrops, bluebells, and eranthis which can be picky about when they are planted in autumn. In the green gives you a second chance of planting these wonderful spring flowers.

1. Snowdrops (Galanthus)

Known for their delicate, drooping white flowers, snowdrops are a symbol of hope and the promise of spring. Planting them in the green ensures a high success rate, as the bulbs are in an active state and can quickly establish themselves in their new environment.

2. Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

Bluebells carpet woodlands and gardens with their vibrant blue hues in the spring. Planting bluebell bulbs in the green allows for a seamless transition, reducing the stress on the bulbs. This method ensures a faster establishment, resulting in more robust and quicker blooms. These bulbs flower in April so you'll have a better chance of them flowering the same year as planting them.

3. Eranthis (Eranthis hyemalis)

Eranthis, also known as winter aconite, is a charming bulb that produces golden-yellow flowers in late winter or early spring. Planting eranthis in the green allows you to see the foliage, ensuring you're planting healthy bulbs. The active growth state enhances their chances of successful establishment. The stems can be very fragile, but are quite hardy and naturalise well when established.

Advantages of Planting Bulbs in the Green:

  • Immediate Impact: Planting bulbs in the green allows you to witness the immediate impact of your efforts. The active growth state ensures that the bulbs quickly acclimate to their new surroundings and start establishing themselves.
  • High Success Rate: Bulbs planted in the green have a high likelihood of success. The active growth stage means they can adapt more readily to the soil conditions, resulting in stronger roots and better overall health.

Why These Few Bulbs?

The choice of snowdrops, bluebells, and eranthis for planting in the green is due to their specific growth patterns. These bulbs prefer being in an active growth state when transplanted, making them more responsive to this planting method. Additionally, the visual confirmation of healthy foliage during the planting process contributes to a successful outcome.

It is possible to plant other bulbs in the green. Pseudo Narcissus, crocus and cyclamen will all respond well to transplanting in early growth stages. However, these bulbs cope very well when they are planted in autumn. 

Make sure the roots are kept hydrated and plant immediatelt after delivery




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