If you want to have drifts of beautiful snowdrops, just like the photos we see of the collections at stately homes in England – then now is the time to get busy. This beautiful drift was photographed at Colesbourne Park in Gloucestershire when we were there in February.
Once flowering is over and before the leaves die down seems to be the best time to do this , they call this ” in the green ” and is also the best time to plant new bulbs so that they will soon settle in and build up reserves ready for flowering next year.
First of all, choose your clump to split, I usually split large clumps every 3 or 4 yrs.Find a reluctant husband to do the digging so that you can take the photos ! Make sure he digs deep enough, the bulbs are quite a way down.
Carry them over to a table so that you can split them. Just get your thumbs in between the bulbs and prise them gently apart. Husband had vanished by now so no photo of this being done !
This one clump has formed about a dozen new little clumps containing about 4 or 5 bulbs each
and were taken straight away ( mustn’t let them dry out ) over to where we had plenty of space, the area where we removed a pyracantha bush last autumn.
Plant them nice and deep in their new home
making sure that you cover all the white on the leaves and stems
and then just leave them to settle in and for the leaves to die back to replenish the bulbs so that you will have a wonderful display next year.
Just think, these tiny clumps will themselves need splitting in a few years time and again in a few years after that, then maybe we will all have drifts like these at Colesbourne Park.