Steps on how to care for Snapdragon Flowers



This particular plant called Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) is really an old-fashioned flower that decorates the garden with upright stems and spiky flowers from summer to autumn. This plant comes in a rainbow of colors, from white and pale pastels to bright red, yellow and purple. The mature height of Snapdragon plant is about one to three feet, although it depends on the variety. This plant is generally grown as an annual. Snapdragon plant can survive winters with adequate protection in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10.

Furthermore, the following are the steps on how to care for Snapdragon plant;

       1. Make sure you provide about one inch of water every week. You can use a garden hose or soaker hose to water the soil, is better than watering it from overhead, don’t forget that wet foliage places the Snapdragon plant at risk of rot, mildew and other moisture-related problems.

      2. Make sure you pinch the top 1/2 to 1 inch of the growing tips when the young snapdragons plant are two to four inches tall. Doing this will force the plant to branch out, then creating a bushier plant.

      3. You can feed the snapdragon plant 4 to 6 weeks by using a general-purpose liquid fertilizer for the blooming plants or you can work a slow-release fertilizer into the soil at planting time. Make sure you apply the fertilizer in accordance with the label specifications.

      4. Make sure you mulch the soil around the plants to conserve moisture and also to suppress the growth of weeds. You can use one to three inches of organic mulch like dry grass clippings, chopped bark or pine needles.

      5. You can remove the snapdragon blooms as soon as they wilt to prolong the blooming season. This particular method is known as deadheading, doing this will prevents the plants from going to seed early. You can remove the bloom up to one-third of the stem.

      6. Make sure you cut the snapdragons down to four to six inches if the plants look spindly in midsummer, after that follow the pruning with the application of fertilizer.


Some of the things you will need

-         - You need a soaker hose.

-         - You need a general-purpose liquid or slow-release fertilizer.

-         - You also need organic mulch.

-         - You need a garden shears.

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