How To Grow Snapdragons – The Unique Flower With Hinged Blooms 

Snapdragons prefer full sun to partial shade. Choose an area of your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight. Make sure the soil drains and is fertile.  

Select the Right Location 

Snapdragons grow from seeds or transplants. Plant seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. After frost, transplants can be planted outside in April.  

Planting Time 

Add compost or aged manure to the soil. Snapdragons like well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil.  

Soil Preparation 

Plant snapdragon seeds or transplants 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Depending on variety and spacing, space seeds or transplants 6-12 inches apart.  

Planting Depth and Spacing 

Maintain moist but not soggy soil, especially during germination. Snapdragons tolerate drought once grown but need regular irrigation during dry seasons.  

Watering 

Organic mulch like straw or shredded leaves around snapdragon plants helps preserve soil moisture, inhibit weeds, and regulate soil temperature.  

Mulching 

Snapdragons eat moderately. In the growing season, fertilize them every 4-6 weeks with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer per package directions. Avoid overfertilization to avoid lanky growth.  

Fertilization 

As they grow tall flower spikes, snapdragons may need staking or support to prevent flopping.  

Support 

Pinching or scissorsing spent blooms regularly promotes continuing flowering. This will keep the plant from seeding and focus its efforts on blooming.  

Deadheading 

Aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew can attack Snapdragons, although they are generally pest-resistant. Regularly inspect your plants and treat pests with insecticidal soap or neem oil.  

Pest and Disease Control 

Annual snapdragons grow in colder areas. Leave seeds and they may self-seed and return in later years. Perennial snapdragons grow in warmer areas.  

Overwintering 

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