Galanthus nivalis Frank Turner
Back in 2014 we were able to obtain our original bulbs from Barrie Turner who had found this cultivar 20 years previously and named it after his dad.
Typically of nivalis it is a small snowdrop, but unusually is a spiky.
The flowers are held horizontal to the ground and are made up of several narrow petals which vary from white to pale green.
On immature bulbs the flowers may form as a bud but not open.
Usually flowers here in late February.
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 bulb-lets attached, we do not separate these off – they will be included with the main bulb.
All bulbs will have most of the compost removed prior to posting – this minimises damage in posting and reduces weight so we can keep postage costs low.
Flowering bulbs and bulbs “in the green” will be wrapped in damp tissue/kitchen roll and plastic film, then boxed – dormant bulbs are packed in damp vermiculite.
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.
Like most spiky snowdrops, Frank Turner does best in rich soil with plenty of sand and leafmould incorporated.
These bulbs are small and precious so if your borders are visited regularly by voles or moles, then we recommend planting in pond baskets.