- Variety Info
- Sowing Info
- Growing Info
Family: Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae) Plantain family, includes statice, armeria, plumbago, snapdragon, penstemon, veronica, and toadflax.
Native: Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and West Asia
Hardiness: Usually grown as an annual, though perennial in USDA zone 5 and warmer.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Bloom Period: Blooms heaviest in cool weather
Plant Dimensions: 30"–36" tall, 10"–12" wide
Variety Info: 1 ½" flowers in an ombre shade of bright orange that blends into a deep pink.
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: Cold Climates: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as soil can be worked. Mild Climates: Late summer to early fall for winter and spring bloom.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 10 – 15 days
Seed Depth: Surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
Thinning: When 1/2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing stems that have about half of the bottom flowers open. Change vase water frequently.
Special Care: Once flowers have over 4 sets of leaves, trim plants (pinching) to just above the 3rd set of leaves to encourage branching. Although you won't have blooms for a couple of weeks, when you do, the plants will be bushier with a lot more flowers. Cutting back spent flower stalks will encourage fall blooming after primary late spring/early summer bloom. Snapdragons reseed, so cut off spent blooms if reseeding is not desirable. Since snapdragons are susceptible to rust, a foliage disease, avoid wetting the leaves when watering.