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ALL ABOUT CHIONODOXA

Chionodoxa, commonly known as glory of the snow, bloom in very early spring. The star-like flowers can be sky blue, lavender, pink or white. These hardy, carefree bulbs are excellent for naturalizing. Planted beneath trees or shrubs, or even right in the lawn, they will multiply readily and spread a ripple of early spring color through your landscape. 

START WITH A BETTER BULB

When you compare two chionodoxa bulbs side by side, it’s easy to see differences in quality. A larger bulb (as shown at far left) contains more stored food energy and will produce a stronger plant with bigger flowers. Longfield Gardens supplies 5/6 cm chionodoxa bulbs so you can enjoy the biggest, brightest blooms.

PLAN FOR SUCCESS

Sun or Shade: For best results, plant the bulbs in full sun or in an area that will be sunny during early spring.

Hardiness Zone: The bulbs are winter hardy in zones 4-9. If you don’t know your growing zone, you can find it here.

Soil Conditions: Plant chionodoxa in well-drained soil that is moist in spring, but never soggy.

WHERE TO PLANT CHIONODOXA

Around the House: Plant chionodoxa where it will be easy to enjoy their cheery little flowers. Plant the bulbs beside a pathway through your garden or along the way to your the front door. If you have a rock garden, chionodoxa will provide a splash of early spring color among sedums and succulents.

Shade and Woodland Gardens: Chionodoxa are perfectly suited to woodland gardens, where their natural beauty mixes easily with other spring-flowering bulbs and perennials. In shade gardens, they are good companions for smaller-scale perennials such as primroses, pulmonaria, corydalis and tiarella.

Beneath Trees and Shrubs: Chionodoxa flower long before most plants begin to unfurl their leaves. This makes them a good choice for planting beneath shade trees or at the base of shrubs.

Lawns: Chionodoxa bulbs can also be planted directly into a lawn. Their perky flowers will bloom before the grass begins to green up, and their foliage will usually die back by the time the lawn needs mowing. 

HOW TO PLANT CHIONODOXA

When to Plant: Plant chionodoxa bulbs in mid to late fall, any time after the first frost and before the ground freezes. For best results, plan the bulbs within a month after you receive them.

Depth and Spacing: Plant the bulbs 3” deep and 3” apart with the pointed end up.

Planting Tips: Chionodoxa bulbs are inexpensive and easy to plant, so it doesn't take long to create a big splash of color.

The flowers are ideal companions for other early spring bulbs including snowdrops, early daffodils and scilla.

Chionodoxa look best when the bulbs are planted in clusters as they would grow naturally. To plant several bulbs at once, dig out a 6” x 6” area, plant 5 to 7 bulbs and then replace the soil on top.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Chionodoxa are great naturalizers because they reproduce in two ways. The bulbs multiply by throwing off little bulblets and the flowers set seed. In a few short years chionodoxa can spread like a carpet across the lawn or beneath shrubs and trees.

Sometimes chionodoxa will pop up here and there around the yard. Ants are attracted to the coating on the seeds and when carrying them back to their nest, some inevitably get dropped along the way.

Rodents and deer rarely bother these carefree spring-blooming bulbs.

CARING FOR CHIONODOXA AFTER THEY FLOWER

Like other spring bulbs, chionodoxa will need the energy produced by their foliage to put on a good show of flowers the following spring. Chionodoxa foliage is no more than about 4” tall and it disappears quickly – usually within 3 weeks after flowering.

Over time, a large patch of chionodoxa can become overcrowded. To reinvigorate the area, gently dig up and relocate some of the clumps shortly after the bulbs have finished flowering.