The time has come to make more snowdrops by splitting some of those that I already have. I think everyone would agree that this clump is in serious need of splitting.
When clumps get quite large, it is best to split them as old bulbs in the centre are quite often just pushed further down into the soil which stops them from flowering because new bulbs are formed on top.
The only way to form the drifts of snowdrops that we see in the press or visiting country estates, is to actually dig up large clumps and pull them apart as gently as possible.
I usually split them into small clumps of 3 or 5 bulbs each. This one large clump was split into 34 smaller clumps.
These are now being planted round the cornus planted at the back of the bee and butterfly border in the front garden, by the drive, adding to the ones that were planted here a couple of years ago
Try to plant the bulbs so that they are at the same depth that they were previously, covering all the white on the stem. Then stand back and leave them to get on with multiplying. In a few years a drift should be formed and before you know it, it will be time to split them again to make yet more snowdrops. These were a clump of the wild Galanthus nivalis, I now have to pluck up the courage to split some of my ” specials”!