Snapdragon

(Antirrhinum majus) Snapdragon is a tender perennial, usually grown as an annual. This spike flower is beloved as a cut flower as well as for landscaping. Snapdragon is native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that snapdragons had the ability to protect against witchcraft. Start indoors six to eight weeks before last frost and transplant out when the risk of frost has passed. Surface sow seeds and gently press into soil or cover with a very fine sprinkle of soil as light aids germination. Seeds germinate in 7-21 days. 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.

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