Snowdrop – Sapphires


Snowdrop (Galanthus), also called snowball, has leaves wide 6 mm, most often growing after 2 with onion, length to 20 cm, blue-gray, steady. The bulbs are spherical, diameter up to 3 cm. The flower stalk grows up to 10-20 cm, the flowers are white, embedded individually. They have three outer elongated petals, length to 2,5 cm and three inside half the length, with greenish edges. Snowdrop, once planted, should be left for longer – do 10 years – in one place. It is an unrefined plant to grow, requires compact soils, carious. It reproduces from incoming bulbs or seeds. On the occasion of transplanting, incoming bulbs can be separated, which blows up over the summer, after the leaves have dried, but not later than August-September. Two species are known: Galanthus nivalis – about white flowers, single (there is also a full-flowered variety) Galanthus elwesii – with slightly larger flowers and flowering a little earlier.


Sapphires (Muscari) is a short plant (15 -20 cm) about spherical, sapphire flowers, gathered in clusters at the ends of the shoots. It blooms in April – Up. It is not very demanding on soil, prefers dry, however, sandy and calcareous. Can grow in partial shade. Sha-firki are planted in September, in increments of every 5-10 cm. They are placed at a depth 8-10 cm. They can stay in one place for several years. They thicken quite strongly, because they produce a lot of incoming bulbs. They only grow from onions 2-3, sometimes 4 equilibrium leaves, width 5-12 mm, not very stiff, bluish green – stay like this until fall. Sapphires are used for planting flower beds and rock gardens.