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Snap Dragon Care

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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A long-time favorite for the southern landscape has always been snapdragon today on Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Many homeowners I speak with are surprised that snapdragons are pretty tolerant with cold temperatures. We’re lucky in Mississippi to be able to grow these great landscape plants from the cool fall season to the warming temperatures of spring. Once planted and acclimated, snapdragons seem to say, “Bring on the cold weather!”

And old standby is the sonnet snapdragon with colorful flower spikes available and a kaleidoscope of colors. It’s easy to see why sonnet snapdragons are so popular. Flower colors include orange, scarlet, pink, white, and yellow. These plants will grow up to 30 inches tall with numerous flower spikes that make a sonnet a great thriller on a combination container. These are also great for cutflowers and have a great cinnamon scent.

Snapdragons only require a little bit of care to keep them looking good. Deadheading will keep them blooming as well as looking tidy. And even those these plants are tolerant of cold temperatures, on those nights forecasted to have cold temps, cover with a sheet or old box until the cold spell passes.

Plant in a well–drained landscape bed or container. Snapdragons want consistent moisture but don’t like wet feet. And when planting, put a teaspoon of slow release fertilizer in the hole to keep the plants well fed. When the weather starts to warm in the spring, feed again for a great display in the spring.

I am horticulturist Gary Bachman with Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

 

 

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