How To Grow and Save Seed of Snapdragon


Latin name Antirrhinum majus is an annual spiked flower beloved as a cut flower as well as for landscaping.


 

HISTORY

Native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that snapdragons had the ability to protect against witchcraft.


USES

  • Ornamental
  • Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden, window boxes, small pots, cut flower garden
  • Visited by bumblebees

 

 


 

  • Seeds germinate in 7-21 days.
  • Sow seeds 6-8 weeks before last frost and transplant outdoors after last frost.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 60-70 F.

 

  • Prefers full sun.
  • Provide rich, well-drained soil. Space plants 6-12 inches apart.
  • Pinch the main growing stems when plants are 2-4 inches tall; this helps to keep plants well branched.

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Leaf spots, rusts and molds can be a result of poor air circulation.
  • To avoid, space plants farther apart and keep foliage dry.

 

  • Seeds are easy to collect.
  • They are super small and contained within capsules that will turn brown and dry when seeds are ready to harvest.
  • Hand pick the capsules individually or snip stalks and shake seeds free into a paper bag.
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry, place.