Wednesday, January 12th, 2011...4:44 pm

Where to Buy Galanthus Nivalis (SnowDrops)

Snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis by Süleyman

TheGardenLady received this question from Charlene.

Do you happen to have any blooming or budding Galanthus Nivalis that you could sell me? I live in California.  If not, any suggestions?

Galanthus Nivalis or the Common SnowDrops is a charming flower in gardens that have winters. They need the coldness of winter to produce flowers. This earliest blooming flower is not quite in bloom or budding in the East Coast of the United States because we have been blanketed with snow and there is more snow predicted. But towards the end of winter, the beginning of spring, they will poke through.

You say that you live in California. I do not know the temperature zone you live in but Galanthus Nivalis grows in USDA Hardiness zones 3 through 8 so that the area you live in may be too warm to grow Galanthus. However, there are some people who have been successful growing tulips in southern CA by forcing them in refrigeration and then planting them in Dec. or January. If this is what you want to try to do with Galanthus, good luck.

TheGardenLady’s source for Galanthus has been Carolyn’s Shade Garden in Pennsylvania.
See here. Carolyn now has her own blog (see here). You should contact her to see if she knows where some are in bud or when hers will be in bud.

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