Snap dragons are of the genus Antirrhinum also known as dragon flowers. Snapdragon flowers resemble the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when squeezed . Native to rocky areas of of Europe and the United States and north Africa. Hardy perennials in Zones 5-10, grown as annuals in Zones 1-10. Follow these how to grow snapdragons from seeds, dragon flowers are easy to grow.

Latin
Antirrhinum majus
Family: Plantaginaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: See above

Timing
Start snapdragons indoors, 8-10 weeks before planting out (around the beginning of February on the coast). Transplant out after last frost. Direct sowing is not reliable. Provide bright light and a soil temperature of 12°C (55°F). Seeds should sprout in 10-21 days.

Starting
Sow on the surface of a sterilized seed starting mix. To avoid damping off (to which snapdragons are somewhat prone), increase ventilation, use a layer of vermiculite on top of the soil, and water only from below. Transplant out (mid-April or later on the coast) to 30cm (12″) apart.

Growing
Grow these easy sub-shrubs in rich, soil with a neutral pH. Pinch back young plants once 6 leaves have appeared for bushier mature plants. Feed lightly twice, before any flowers appear. Deadhead often. If flowering seems to subside, cut back dramatically, and then feed and water generously.

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