Galanthus Straffan

Galanthus Straffan


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Galanthus “Straffan”

A robust snowdrop, which is good to have in any collection.

Originally found at Straffan on the bank of the River Anna, Liffey, County Kildare in Ireland, it is thought to have been brought back from the Crimea in 1856.

Thought to be a nivalis x plicatus hybrid, it stands 20-25cm tall, with shorter leaves reminiscent of nivalis snowdrops.

It has standard snowdrop markings, but what makes it stand apart is its habit of producing 2 flowering scapes from one bulb.

We find it does well here in Scotland, flowering throughout February and into March. Bulbs establish well after transplanting and clumps are quick to bulk up.

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.

Planting Tips

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.