Chill seed 2 days in refrigerator before sowing. Sow thinly on surface and lightly press in, as they require light to germinate.
Seed To Bloom:
Recommended. Start in containers 8-10 weeks before last spring frost. Keep at about 60-70°F. A mix specifically for seed germination with added vermiculite is the preferred growing medium to prevent fungal problems. Water only from below by setting containers in a tray.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last spring frost, or in autumn in zones 8+
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Snapdragon is a stunning plant that adds a bold vertical statement to summer gardens. Its glossy dark green foliage serves as a striking backdrop to the towering blooms. This variety is a favorite cut flower that blooms all summer in areas where nights cool down, and in late spring and fall in hotter regions. To promote bushy growth, pinch the plant when setting it out and stake it early with twiggy brush or crossed bamboo stakes in windy gardens to support the tall flower-filled stems. The plant's hinged flowers attract native bumblebees that are heavy enough to shoulder open the blossoms and emerge rich in nectar and covered in pollen. As they move from flower to flower, they carry the gold dusting to the next blossom. After the first flush of bloom, deadhead, removing the spikes with developing seeds down to vegetative branching, or shear the plants to 8",and fertilize the trimmed plants for renewed flowering until late fall.
About 1" per week, moderate tolerance to dry soils once established.
Prefers neutral but will tolerate slightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Fertilize with an organic flower fertilizer monthly.
Diseases & Pests:
Aphids may be an issue—hose down plants with a heavy stream of water regularly until the pest is gone. Place in an area with good circulation to prevent fungal problems. If such issues do arise, plants can be sprayed with an organic fungicide.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when 1/3 of the florets are open.