Chionodoxa, commonly known as glory of the snow, blooms in very early spring. Its star-like flowers have sky blue, lavender, pink or white petals and pure white centers. These hardy, carefree bulbs are excellent for naturalizing. Planted beneath trees or shrubs, or even right in the lawn, they multiply readily and will spread a ripple of early spring color through your landscape.
STEP 1 - KNOW
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 contains more stored food energy and will produce a stronger plant with bigger flowers. Longfield Gardens supplies plump, good-size chionodoxa bulbs so you can enjoy the biggest, brightest blooms.
STEP 2 - PLAN
PLAN FOR SUCCESS
SUN/SHADE: Chionodoxa bloom best when they are grown in full or partial sun.
ZONE: Chionodoxa are hardy in zones 4-9. They are not fussy about soil and will grow well in almost any climate. Find your growing zone HERE.
WHEN TO PLANT: Plant chionodoxa bulbs in fall, once the weather has cooled down and before the ground freezes.
WHERE TO PLANT CHIONODOXA
Chionodoxa bulbs are inexpensive and easy to plant, so you can make a big impact in a very short time. The bulbs prefer well-drained soil, but also grow well in both clay and gravelly areas. They are not fussy about soil pH. The flowers are ideal companions for other early spring bulbs including snowdrops, early daffodils, and scilla.
GARDENS: Plant chionodoxa in rock gardens for a splash of early spring color among sedums and succulents. Plant them at the edge of pathways through your garden or to the front door. Chionodoxa are also 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 put on their best show when planted in full sun. In partial shade, bloom time is slightly later and the flowers and foliage are not quite as upright. No matter where they're planted, chionodoxa flower long before most shrubs and trees begin to unfurl their leaves.
LAWNS: Chionodoxa bulbs can be planted directly into a lawn. Their perky flowers will bloom before the grass begins to green up and their foliage has usually died back by the time the lawn needs mowing.
STEP 3 - GROW
PLANTING IS AS EASY 1-2-3
1. Loosen the soil
2. Plant bulbs 3" apart and 3" deep
3. Cover bulbs with soil and water if the soil is dry
GROWING TIPS FOR CHIONODOXA
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.
Chionodoxa are inexpensive and quick to plant. For a natural look, plant them in groups of 6-10 bulbs.
Rodents and deer rarely bother these carefree spring-blooming bulbs.
STEP 4 - AFTERCARE
CARING FOR CHIONODOXA AFTER THEY BLOOM
Like other spring-blooming bulbs, chionodoxa 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. This makes chionodoxa ideal for planting in lawns and gardens,
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.