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Plant and care for snapdragons - this is how it's done

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Do you want to plant snapdragons but do not know what to watch out for? No problem, because we will explain what is important.

Snapdragons close-up: a real eye-catcher! | © naenaejung - Fotolia.com

The snapdragon (Antirrhinum) has enjoyed great popularity all over the country for many decades. Especially since it is one of the really undemanding flowers and can be easily planted almost anywhere.

From our ancestors the domestic snapdragon was kept increasingly in the farm gardens. One of the reasons for this was, of course, that snapdragons are perfect as cut flowers.

There are three types

In general, a distinction is made between snapdragons between the smaller dwarf snapdragons, conventional snapdragons and the large perennial snapdragons.

»Dwarf snapdragons:

Dwarf snapdragons reach a height of 15 to 20 centimeters and can be used optimally as bed borders.

»Traditional snapdragons:

Conventional snapdragons reach a height of up to 50 centimeters and can therefore be counted among the low shrubs.

»Perennial snapdragons:

The large perennial snapdragons also look very beautiful and can grow to a height of up to 100 centimeters.

Plant snapdragons - this is how it's done

»Choice of location

Snapdragons generally manage very well with all soils. They only prefer a sunny location over a moderately partially shaded spot. Snapdragons are also suitable for the design of rock gardens and as cemetery plants.

Snapdragons can easily be kept as tub plants. So you see e.g. looks particularly beautiful in a pot garden. By the way, the dwarf snapdragons are particularly suitable for planting balconies.

»Sowing

You can prefer snapdragons on the windowsill from March, or sow them directly in the field from late April until May. The little plants usually cope well with nighttime frosts.

Tip:

From April onwards, snapdragons (small perennial plants) will be offered increasingly in the greenhouse, which you can plant immediately outdoors.

When sowing and planting, you should always make sure that you place the individual plants at a sufficient distance from the next plant to prevent the so-called snapdragon rust.

Caring for snapdragons properly

»Promote new bloom:

Snapdragons bloom from July to October in many colors such as yellow, pink, white, orange, pink, red and violet - sometimes even multi-colored. If you quickly pluck the flowers that have just faded away, new ones will immediately form again.

»Irrigation:

During longer periods of drought you must of course also water the plants, whereby you must absolutely avoid waterlogging. In principle, the rule of thumb applies that snapdragons can cope better with dryness than with moisture.

»Fertilize:

During growth, you should supply the snapdragons with organic fertilizer (e.g. compost) if necessary. Alternatively, you can of course also apply a conventional complete fertilizer around the flowers. But you should fertilize sparingly.

»Winter protection:

Snapdragons are not hardy! But their flower seeds can easily stay in the soil over the winter months and develop again by themselves in the spring. However, this requires that the flowers remain in the bed for as long as possible.

Otherwise, you can have your snapdragons hibernate as houseplants in a greenhouse, conservatory or cool room.

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