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How to Grow Snapdragon Plants


Snapdragons are popular with both home gardeners and florists. They produce produce large, long lasting and fragrant flowers, on strong stems. They're perfect for cut flowers, and find themselves in many floral arrangements. In their native areas of North America and Europe, Snapdragons are often found growing as wildflowers. Snapdragons are members of the Foxglove family.

Snapdragon plants are an easy to grow annual, The plants bloom in the early summer. They prefer cooler weather, and may wilt in mid-summer heat.  Most varieties are early summer bloomers. They often wilt in the mid-summer's heat, but often perk back up and bloom again in cooler fall weather. The plant grows up to 3 feet. There are dwarf varieties that grow just 18".

Strong-stemmed spikes are tightly packed with large, nose shaped flowers called "dragons". Colors include white, yellow, purple, crimson, bronze, pink in a range of hues. Long lasting flowers are so profuse that they can hide the leaves at peak bloom.

Snapdragons are excellent in beds, edgings, and containers. Try them in rock gardens or window gardens too. They are a popular cut flower for bouquets and vases.

Plant Propagation:

Snap Dragon are grown from tiny seeds. They take two to three weeks or more to germinate.

Or, start Snapdragon seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. We recommend a germination mat to start these seeds.

How to Grow Snapdragon Plants:

Snap Dragon grows best in full sun. The plants grow best, in rich to average soil. For average soils, mix in plenty of compost prior to planting.

Plant Snap Dragons outdoors after the last frost for your area. Space plants 10" - 12" apart. Flowers will bloom in June to early July.

With just a little effort, your Snapdragons will give you  a second bloom in the fall. After the flowers have died off, cut the plant back to about six inches. Then add fertilizer. This will promote new growth and a second bloom.

Snap Dragons hardy. and can withstand a heavy frost.

Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticides or fungicides only as needed.

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