Galanthus “David Baker”
Named for the renowned plantsman David Baker in 1997, although it was first spotted in the Baker’s garden quite a few years before.
Outer segments are concave on first opening, but soon begin to reflex at the point where there are green markings, eventually forming a pagoda shape.
We find it does well here in Scotland, although when first dug up and split it can lose some of the green markings on the outer petals, reducing down to small dots. The markings however return the following year once the bulbs are settled again, and improve further the following year. Patience is required with this snowdrop to be able to appreciate its full beauty.
It prefers free draining but moisture retentive soil in the Spring when it is actively growing and flowering, but during the Summer dormancy prefers not to dry out, but does not like to be too damp either.
What will you receive?
Depending on the time of year, you will receive either a: dormant bulbs, b: newly sprouting bulbs, c: snowdrops in flower, d: snowdrops “in the green”
The snowdrop is currently growing in its own pot and may or may not have bulblets attached, we do not separate these off – they will be included with the main bulb.
All bulbs will have the compost washed off prior to posting – this minimises damage in posting and reduces weight so we can keep postage costs low.
The bulb will be wrapped in damp tissue/kitchen roll and plastic film, then boxed.
Please pot up or plant out as soon as you receive it.
Dig a hole to the depth that the bulb was previous planted (where the leaves change from white to green) or slightly deeper, pop in the bulb, and firm the soil back around the bulb to ensure no air-pockets.
If your soil is prone to water logging incorporate plenty of grit or sand to the area around the bulbs as well as the planting hole.
If your soil is sandy and exceptionally free draining then mix leaf-mould or compost into the area around the bulbs as well as the planting hole.
If your borders are visited regularly by voles or moles, then we recommend planting in pond baskets so that the bulbs are neither lifted onto the surface of the soil, or buried too deep by their soil excavating habits.