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Snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus

Leeubekkies (Afr.)

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Provides cool-season colour and a mid-sized plant to balance tall background plants and shorter bedding plants in the front. Grows well in sunny, outlying areas where garden pests are prone to nibble. The showy blooms of snapdragons look beautiful in arrangements and many snapdragons are fragrant. Since young snapdragons need cool weather for best growth, the winter months are ideal for planting in warm regions.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cut snapdragon bloom spikes freely for indoor arrangements throughout the blooming period. Use clean, sharp shears. Remove spent blooms to encourage flowering.

Propagation

Seed
Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. The seeds need light to germinate. Plants tolerate frost and grow best in cool weather, transplant them outside before last frost.

Geography

Origin
Southern Europeand the Mediterranean
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Landscaping
Antirrhinum majus come in different sizes, the dwarf and short varieties do well as bedding plants and in pots. The intermediate varieties need to be planted further back in your flower beds or in cutting beds.
Cut flowers
The tall varieties are grown as cut flowers.

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow, Red, Bicolour, Pink, Orange, Purples, White, Burgandy
Scent
Mild

Problems

Aphids and leaf miners are pests that might be found on leaves, if problems persist treat with an organic garden pest solution. Snapdragons are prone to diseases like anthracnose, powdery mildew, rhizoctonia root and stem rot and rust.

Companion plants

Plant with other annuals or between small shrubs.

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