How To Grow Snapdragon Plants In Containers

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Below Are Several Tips for Growing Snapdragons in Containers

Snapdragon, also know as Antirrhinum majus or dragon flower, plants are classic favorites for gardeners. While highly resistant to frost and very beautiful in bloom, snapdragons are also very easy to plant and grow in pots. It doesn't take much to grow healthy snapdragons which is why I personally love this flower.  So I am sure you are wondering "How can I grow snapdragon plants in containers?"  Here are some tips to help you.

How to Grow Snapdragons in Containers 5 Easy Steps

Preparation: Before planting your snapdragon seeds, prepare some sturdy planting containers that are big enough to hold at least one full-grown plant.  While I am in love with the container in the picture, I was able to find it and a few other great pots on amazon.

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Whichever, pot you pick just make sure that they have drain holes on the bottom, to prevent excess moisture from accumulating.

Snapdragons also like a neutral soil pH, between 6.2 and 7.0. As short-lived plants, they are not heavy feeders, but adding organic matter will help keep them healthy and blooming.

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Snapdragons also like a neutral soil pH, between 6.2 and 7.0. As short-lived plants, they are not heavy feeders, but adding organic matter will help keep them healthy and blooming.

In order to ensure that your snapdragons bloom the best, you also need  soil-less growing medium that drains properly. Otherwise, your plant may die from too much moisture in the soil, which causes their roots to rot. You only need to keep your potting soil and grow medium moist, not drenched.

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Propagation: You can start your snapdragon seeds by filling a growing container with well-drained medium. On the eve of your snapdragon planting day, activate your growing medium by soaking and draining it repeatedly, until its color turns dark brown. It will be ready if it feels moist. Fill your planting containers with the moist growing medium, and leave them at room temperature overnight. Next, place a few snapdragon seeds in the middle of each pot, and press them gently into the medium. To maintain humidity, you can place some plastic wrapping over each pot. Since snapdragons need light to grow, place them in well-lighted areas.

Transferring: Within two weeks, your snapdragon seedlings will have sprouted. Once so, fill a large planting pot with some well-draining soil. Again, make sure that the pot has draining holes on the bottom. If not, you can punch holes that are within six inches of each other. Next, transfer your snapdragon seedlings to the potting soil, just so the roots are on level with the top of the soil. Water the pots liberally, and allow the water to drain. However, don’t put them under direct sunlight immediately. You can start by placing them under heavy shade outdoors, then gradually moving them out of the shade into direct sunlight.


Maintenance: Snapdragon plants are poisonous, so keep them and their containers out of reach of pets and children. Potted plants tend to dry out faster than ground plants, so keep an eye on the moisture of the soil. If the potting soil is dry under the surface, water the plants. Adding some mulch will help facilitate growth. In addition, watch for pests and plant diseases.

Deadheading and harvest: You can keep your potted snapdragon plants blooming for longer by deadheading any flowers that have been spent. While their bloom periods are relatively longer, it is still a good idea to prune away any parts that have wilted.

Snapdragon plants are no hassle to grow in pots. Just remember that they tend to bloom during colder periods, and will start dying out during the summer. Make sure to give your plants enough sunlight, water, and care, and you can grow beautiful snapdragons in containers.

 

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