A friend has told me that he saw a program about a four-petalled snowdrop. Is this possible?
I don't know of any specific varieties off the top of my head, but I am sure that there are ones with four petals. I know several double varieties have four petals, so I imagine there would be some single varieties that do as well.
I am doing a course at Kingstom Maurward and I am doing a fact sheet on the Giant Snowdrop. I can't find much about the snowdrop or what diseases it can get. Could you help me?
These articles might help:
Can snowdrop bulbs be planted in a container for indoor growing? What bulbs can be grown indoors?
Nearly any bulb, including snowdrops, can be grown indoors as long as you provide the proper growing conditions and place them in well-draining pots. However, keep in mind that snowdrops are very early flowers--late winter/early spring. Here is growing info for snowdrops: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm
For tips on growing bulbs in pots, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/bulbs-to-grow-as-indoor-houseplants.htm
What bulbs can be growing indoors?
How come my snowdrops only had leaves and no flowers?
Depending on how young the plants are, you may not see any flowers in the first year of planting. Also, you should make sure they're getting enough sunlight, or you'll have less blooms. In addition, there may be too much nitrogen, which would cause lots of foliage and no blooms. Too little phosphorus can also result is little blooming activity.
Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm
Can I plant Snowdrops in pots?
Yes, they can. Their care and growing requirements will be much the same as those planted in the ground, with exception to watering, which may require more. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm
How can I preserve snowdrops during the long hot summers? Husband just dug up my snowdrops (mid summer here). I live in Santiago Chile, same climate as S. California. May be moving house so want to be able to take plants with me. Thought of putting them in newspaper in a cool dry place. I want to preserve them till autumn approx March. How can I do that? Can they be put in pots in the shade?
Keeping them in a container is a great idea for helping to keep them alive until you move. In order to get them to bloom again, they will need to be chilled. Over the winter (cool season), you can take them out of the soil and put them in the vegetable drawer in your fridge for about 60 days. Then you can replant them in the soil and they will bloom for you again.
I have planted a number of snowdrops on a grassy slope. When they have finished flowering, do I just mow the grass as normal, including the snowdrop leaves?
It is usually better to wait for the foliage to die down before mowing or cutting, as the plant bulbs require this to produce energy for next season's flower growth. But, if the grass gets too tall, it should be ok to do so at a taller height to allow for some of the foliage to remain on the snowdrop plants.