snapdragons for spring

lovesblooms(7a)November 20, 2013

I wanted to try some snapdragons this year to bloom with the poppies, which I will wintersow for the first time. I usually have only a short cool season window for spring in Maryland (although 2013 was unusually cool and wet for us) and I'm wondering when and how to sow snapdragons (either indoors or out) in order to get blooms before the poppies die out.

Any suggestions?

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

My freshly planted snapdragon seedlings never bloom until mid-summer. The only snaps that might bloom in spring are those that survived the winter and already have good root systems established.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 9:09PM
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drippy(7bAL)

I had zero success sowing snaps indoors - they are small & fragile seedlings, and mine all died from damp off. My wintersown ones are strong and healthy, but as docmom said, they don't bloom until fall unless they have wintered over.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 4:29PM
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vvesper(7TN)

Wintersowing is definitely the way to go for snapdragons, though. Quite alot of my Black Prince winter over each year here on the northern edge of zone 7 in East TN. They will also self seed in the garden some - though I have not been successful direct sowing them. Once you have them, they may well bloom with your poppies!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 3:11PM
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tuliper(7B RVA)

I'm planting out an entire flat Sat AM as we are past our last frost date projected in the forecast. Snaps can take a light freeze and are suggested by BHG and southern living to be planted out a few weeks before the last frost date, (which is April 8th for 2014 in Southern Maryland according to The Farmer's Almanac.) I think with this winter being brutally freezing for the Mid-Atlantic Pansies/Snaps, & considering the tender perrennials they are in sub zero temps, that just replanting this spring will be best for a fresh look. The whole flat was $12. I went multicolored medium to maybe tall height. Snapdragons are one of the few flowers I enjoy in a multifarious palate of colors. Usually I plant a single color tone for a species only style, but they look dazzling mixed. A truly vibrant spikey flower.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:59AM
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caryltoo Z7/SE PA

Tuliper,

Where is Cobb Island? Southern Chesapeake? Your last frost date is so early you must be coastal, maybe down near VA?

Caryl

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 6:04AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Just sowed 2 containers of snapdragons today - 'Apple Blossom' (blush pink) and 'Black Prince'. They don't start to bloom until the summer, and really come on strong towards fall. It's nice to have something blooming amongst the perennials that time of year.

The plants that overwinter do bloom earlier. It looks like a few of my snaps in the front garden have managed to overwinter under the snow and mulch this year.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:48PM
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