Chionodoxa Bulbs

Creating swathes of stunning little blooms and a carpet of colour in early Spring, Chionodoxa are the flowers for you. Easy to establish and well suited for rockeries they look absolutely stunning planted in mass. From bold pink flowers - Chionodoxa forbesii Pink Giant Bulbs to soft blue hues of Chionodoxa sardensis Bulbs there is a colour for everyone.

 

Like everything we supply here at Boston Seeds, we pride ourselves on supplying professional quality - and for flower bulbs, that means BIG! Our bigger bulbs produce bigger, better and bolder flowers. Choose from our exciting range of varieties - Chionodoxa Luciliae Alba Bulbs, old favourites, garden classics as well as striking new lines for 2022.

Chionodoxa bulbs will be available to order from June 2022 for autumn planting. For spring planting, view our wildflower bulbs in the green.

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Chionodoxa Forbesii Bulbs
Delivery from September

Chionodoxa Forbesii Bulbs

Also known as 'Glory of the Snow', these bulbs are suitable for rockeries and borders. Cornflower blue star-shaped flowers with a crisp white centre. 

  • Height: 10cm
  • Bulb size: 5/+cm
  • Blooms: February/ March 
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Chionodoxa Forbesii Rosea Bulbs

An early spring flowering variety, giving you a warm boost of colour towards the end of winter, letting you know that spring is on the way. These delightful blooms open to reveal soft pink flowers with a white centre.

  • Height (cm): 10cm
  • Bulb Size (cm): 5+ cm
  • Blooms: February/ March
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Chionodoxa Luciliae Alba Bulbs

An earlier flowering variety, the almost star-like flowers appear in March with their pure white blooms. These sweet dainty flowers are such a delight and look lovely planted amongst muscari and daffodils.

  • Height (cm): 15cm
  • Bulb Size (cm): 5/6cm
  • Blooms: March/April
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Chionodoxa Luciliae Bulbs

Easy to grow and perfect for naturalising, the Chionodoxa Luciliae appear with their multiple vivid blue blooms in early march letting us know that spring is on its way. Well suited to sunnier areas they will spread over time.

  • Height (cm): 15cm
  • Bulb Size (cm): 5/6cm
  • Blooms: March/April
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Chionodoxa Luciliae Violet Beauty Bulbs
Delivery from September

Chionodoxa Luciliae Violet Beauty Bulbs

True to name, their lovely lavender violet flowers open to reveal a soft white centre. With multiple flowers per head, they are another popular variety for naturalising and so delightful to have in any garden.

  • Height (cm): 20cm
  • Bulb Size (cm): 5/6cm
  • Blooms: February/March
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Bulb Planter

Making bulb planting easier, quicker and cleaner, our bulb planter is the ideal tool for helping you plant your spring-flowering bulbs.

  • Made of high quality steel
  • Automatic release on handle
  • Duroplast coating - impact, elastic, abrasion, and corrosion - resistant
  • Depth Scale
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Delivery from September

Bulb Fibre

Specifically designed to help bulbs establish in pots, without the risk of the bulbs rotting, providing an open and free draining soil structure.

  • Ideal for planting with Narcissi, Crocus, Hyacinths and other spring-flowering bulbs
  • Universal bulb potting fibre
  • 500gm bag - This pack is sufficient for 3 x 1-litre pots
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Delivery from September

Bulb Planting Essentials Pack

Our bulb planting essentials pack has been put together for the ease of ensuring quick planting and a great display. The bulb planter will help you plant the bulbs with ease whilst the fibre will ensure the bulbs do not rot when planted into pots or containers. Using the bulb fertiliser will ensure your bulbs have all the nutrients they need whilst establishing.

  • 1 x Bulb Fibre
  • 1 x Bulb Planter
  • 1 x Bulb Fertiliser
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Bulb Fertiliser
Delivery from September

Bulb Fertiliser

Our flowering bulb fertiliser has been specifically designed to help your spring-flowering bulbs flower to their full potential. Whether you are establishing in pots or containers, sprinkle a small amount into each hole prior to planting your bulbs. Also suitable for use in early spring to encourage your bulbs to flower well in the following season.

  • Tailored to give your bulbs all the nutrients they need
  • Can be mixed with compost or Bulb Fibre
  • NPK - 12.11.18 + MgO
  • Recommended coverage: 5kg per 200sqm. Apply at 25g/sqm
  • Not suitable for use with Wildflower Bulbs
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Daffodil Bulb Fertiliser
Delivery from September

Daffodil Bulb Fertiliser

Whether you are establishing in pots, hedgerows or large landscaped areas sprinkle a small amount into each hole or mix in with the soil/ compost prior to planting your bulbs. Specifically formulated to encourage your daffodil bulbs to flower well into the following season, this blend is also suitable for use in early spring. Avoid using a high nitrogen fertiliser as this can cause daffodil blindness.

  • Tailored to give your bulbs all the nutrients they need
  • Encouraging a longer and consistent flowering period
  • Can be mixed with compost or Bulb Fibre
  • NPK - 5.10.20 + 2% MgO + trace element
  • Recommended coverage: 5kg per 200sqm. Apply at 25g/sqm
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Chionodoxa: How to grow them (and why!)

 

Get your garden blooming early and blooming beautifully with Chionodoxa! This is among the first flowers you’ll see growing in a garden at the start of the year, and its white, star-shaped petals tipped with delicate blue certainly bring to mind the thawing of winter frost to make way for early spring dewdrops. A smaller flower, growing only around 4-6 inches (10-15cm) tall, with grass-like foliage, which makes an excellent choice as a floral carpet!

 

Fun Facts

Better known by their nickname, ‘glory-of-the-snow’- not only because of their beauty, but because of their alpine native habitat, where their blooms typically break through layers of mountain snow! A perfectly fitting, descriptive name - if only the subspecies were as creatively-named! Instead, many subspecies are simply named for their collectors: Forbes' glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) and Lucile's glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliaeare two examples. That being said, Lucile’s flower has a bit more of a romantic spin, being named after the wife of Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier.

 

How to grow

Chionodoxa share many similarities with snowdrops, blooming in March and naturalising easily into a lawn. They can be planted in sun or partial shade, and are best planted in mid-Autumn, approximately 3 inches (7.5cm) deep and 3 inches apart. Chionodoxa are low-maintenance, self-seeding plants; though they look best planted in clusters for a naturalistic look, their growing area may become overcrowded, in which case it’s best to dig some up and relocate them as you wish after they finish flowering.

 

Species & Styles

 

Scilla forbescii as a species has a variety of cultivars, including the Pink and Blue, growing up to 8 inches (20cm) tall and with much-heavier-tinted accents in their respective colours. Compare and contrast them to other subspecies of Chionodoxa: Chionodoxa luciliae cultivar Alba is pure white for those who want a pure, luminous aesthetic, while Scilla sardensis aka the lesser glory-of-the-snow has a much darker violet-blue colouration than any other subspecies of Chionodoxa and bears a denser quantity of smaller flowers heads per stem.

If you’re looking for other options for good flower to pair with Chionodoxa, then snowdrops are likely the first thing to consider - indeed, their complementary colours, drooping stem and snowy stylings almost seem too perfect for planting with Chionodoxa! Of course, one may be willing to experiment combining its icy colouration with any other early-blooming bulb flower, like bright, early-season tulips or white-tinted narcissi!