How to Grow Snapdragon Flower Plants
Snapdragons are native to the Mediterranean. But, we are sure glad someone
brought them over here! They are a favorite flower for cutting and for its
fragrance. Strong-stemmed spikes are tightly packed with large "dragons"
in white, yellow, purple, crimson, bronze, and pink, in a range of hues.
Long lasting flowers are so profuse, that they can hide the leaves at peak
Snapdragon plants are an easy to grow annual. Most varieties are early summer
bloomers. Plants often wilt in the mid-summer's heat, but should perk back
up and bloom again in cooler fall weather. Grows 1 1/2' to 3' tall.
Snapdragons are excellent in beds, edgings, and containers. Try them in rock
gardens or window gardens too. They are a popular cut flowers for bouquets
Snapdragons attract hummingbirds.
Plant Height: Smaller varieties- 6"; larger varieties 24" - 30"
Snap Dragon are grown from tiny seeds. Snapdragon seeds take about three
weeks or more to germinate. This is the only difficult thing about Snapdragons,
and causes many a gardener to get seedlings at their nearest garden store.
But if you are up to the challenge, try germinating them yourself indoors
about 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Tip: A germination mat
really helps germination for this plant.
Days to Germination: 10 - 21
How to Grow Snapdragon Plants:
Snapdragon plants grows best in full sun. They will grow well in average
soil. Soil should be well draining.
Add a general purpose fertilizer before planting if the soil is poor.
Plant Snap Dragons outdoors after the last frost for your area. Fertilize
once a month. Flowers will bloom in June. After the flowers have died off,
cut the plant back to about six inches. Then add some general purpose fertilizer.
This will promote new growth and a second bloom.
Snapdragons are very hardy. They can withstand a heavy frost. So, if your
plant is still blooming in the fall, do not be too quick to clean up the
Flowers Bloom: Summer thru Fall
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are not too common. If insect or disease problems
occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
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