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Snapdragons over winter

Posted by cayugalake 5NY (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 5, 05 at 10:10

My tall snapdragons are still looking good.

But, winter has to come eventually !

In hopes of getting some of them to survive, should I

- cut them back?

- mulch them with ... what?

- water them well?

- pot one or two up and bring them in?

Thank you!


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 5, 05 at 10:55

They'll likely survive in (containers in) an unheated garage against the wall of the house. I grow dwarf varieties as bonsai & have some that are 4-5 years old. Those, I over-winter under lights in controlled humidity.

Al


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RE: Snapdragons over winter....wow.

Bonsai snapdragons ! I would love to see a picture !

Thanks for the advice.


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

They winter over here in Missouri, in the ground, with no mulch and get bigger each year. They are in glorious bloom right now!


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 6, 05 at 14:04

C - I can't send photos through GW, but if you send me an e-mail, I'll send a photo of some plants in development.

Al


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

I just mulch mine with leaves and most over-winter in my zone 6. We have had very mild winters lately, but it does get well below freezing.

gld


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

Overwintering in the ground will depend on if you have a mild winter. In my zone, I usually have some that come back, that are in a protected location. I also let them set seed late in the season and get spontaneous plants that way: although they will be behind in growth to those that have been started from seed indoors.

I had really spectacular tall ones this year too. I'm thinking about gathering some seed and maybe starting it indoors myself to preserve this variety.


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I overwinter snapdragons here, but I'm in Zone 7, and it's very dry in winter. Both the warmer zone and the dry seem to be essential to their survival.


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Mine are practically evergreen all winter I don't do anything for them. We have had temps in the 20's and mine are still setting blooms.


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

I had one last year, about 2ft tallby winter, when I Ws'ed, still there, When Spring rolled around, still green and beginning to grow, by early summer it grew at least 4 ft tall until storms blew it down, and even then the new buds and leaves before original was shooting up. I was totally shocked since I understood it to be 'an annual'...

Just try whatever you might and see what happens... ;)

G_M


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

Only a few times, here in upstate NY, did I have a mild enough winter to have snaps return. I mulch them heavily with leaves each year, before the ground freezes (against the general rule). The ones that did winter over grew back huge, with 1" thick stems, like a shrub! They're perennials in warmer climates, tender perennials (treated like annuals) up here in NY. It's always worth a try each winter.


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 30, 05 at 13:24

I took these pictures today. I usually don't let buds remain on the plant because it slows development, but I did on this plant for you guys on the forum. (I've learned to post pics don't you see.) ;o) Click on image to enlarge.

Before a haircut:




After a slight pruning:




I think this plant was started from a cutting in the spring of '04. I'll work on developing one more back branch and a crown over this summer. By fall, it should be a cutie.

Al


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RE: Snapdragons over winter

Snaps as perrenials in warm places! Weeell ya learn something every day! :-D


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