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Growing Snapdragon

Botanical Name:
Antirrhinum majus
Life Cycle:
annual, tender perennial
Planting Time:
spring
Height:
dwarf 8" to 12 "; full-sized 1' to 3'
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness:
zones 4-11
Bloom Time:
summer
Flower:
variety of colors
Foliage:
vertical green spikes
Propagation:
seeds
Suggested Use:
beds, borders, and bouquets
Growing Hints:
Purchase seedlings or start seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before you last spring frost. Seeds need light to germinated so don't cover them with soil, just press them lightly into the surface. Keep sprouts cool (55º F) until they're ready to transplant outdoors. Seedlings will tolerate some frost. Space them from 6 to 12 inches apart. During hot summer days, if plants start looking dull and droopy, cut them down by half and apply an organic fertilizer to reinvigorate their growth. Watch for orange spots indicating a fungal disease called rust and treat with a dusting of sulfur if necessary.
Interesting Facts:
Before plant breeders developed today's varieties, snap dragons had a bad reputation with gardeners for having flowers that fell apart shortly after being pollinated by bees.
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