Antirrhinum Dwarf Mixed - Seeds
The vertical flower spikes, opening gradually from the bottom to the top, are available in two heights: dwarf varieties grow to about 10 inches while the taller types grow to a height of 18-24 inches.
A variety that grows up to 5 feet has been developed, but it must be staked. A single snapdragon plant may produce seven or eight blossom spikes in the course of a summer.
Common name: snapdragons or dragon flowers.
Color: Snapdragon flowers come in many varieties, including dwarf (8 inches tall) to tall ones (3 feet) and in an array of colors, including pastel colors, reds, pinks, yellows and even bicolored flowers. These beautiful flowers can be cut and displayed indoors.
Bloom time: late spring
Height: Max up to 5 feet
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
May be grown from cuttings or from seed. If planting from seed, sow indoors on the surface of the soil for 8 weeks before last frost (see Starting Annual Flowers Indoors). Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days. For best results, sow in vermiculite and water from below. Plant outdoors after last frost.
Pinch back young plants after 4-6 leaves have appeared to encourage a bushy habit and apply an organic flower fertilizer for optimum plant health. Spent flowers should be picked often to encourage more blooms. If blooms become scarce, cut back plants drastically then feed and water generously. Plants may need to be staked when young.
Sunlight: Full sun.
Soil: Snapdragons like a neutral soil pH, between 6.2 and 7.0.
Water: Provide approximately an inch of water per week in times of no rainfall.
Fertilizer: Fertilize snapdragon flowers once a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.
- After planting snapdragons in a full sun location with well draining soil, snapdragon care should include a few well-placed clips to manipulate this plant into a bushy, filled-out specimen.
- Clip the top stem and any long side shoots to encourage more flowers and a more attractive planting.
- Tall varieties of snapdragons may require staking to remain upright.
- When blooms begin to fade due to summer’s heat, clip the plant by one-third to one-half and expect more blooms when temperatures begin to cool in fall.
- Intermingle plantings of snapdragon with heat-loving Angelonia for a similarly formed plant in the summer flower bed.
- Further care of snapdragons includes appropriate watering.
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