How To Grow Snapdragon Plant at Home
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) is a winter annual identified with long spikes bearing tubular flowers. The flowers have two conspicuous curiously shaped tips at the top. The plant grow to height of 50 cm and takes 120 days to bloom. Snapdragon is ideal for growing in beds and pots. Lets learn how to grow snapdragon.
Sowing From Seed
Certain easy-to-grow plants do best when sown directly in the garden, because they have delicate root systems or taproots that make successful transplantation from containers difficult.
Step 1 : Soil Preparation
Start by preparing the soil. Remove weeds, then loosen the soil with a spading fork, shovel upto 4 inch deep. Add a complete fertilizer ( Vermicompost , Cow Manure etc) and finally smoothen the soil with a rake. Moisten the bed thoroughly a few days before you intend to plant. At sowing time, the soil should be moist but not soggy or waterlogged.
Step 2 : Seed Sowing
Scatter pinches of seed as evenly as possible. Cover these seeds with thin layer of soil about 1/8th inch just to cover the seed. Then cover the pot/bed with a thin cloth sheet. Water the area with a fine spray over the cloth sheet using sprayer. Avoid giving water directly to seeds as it could displace the seeds. Keep the soil surface moist but not dripping wet until seeds sprout
In 7-10 days seeds should be germinated. After germination irrigate everyday till seedlings are 1-2 inches tall. Once germinated remove the cloth. Thin out the overcrowded seedlings until seedlings are 6 inches apart while they are still small; If you wait too long to thin, the plants will develop poorly, and you’ll have a harder time removing an individual plant without disturbing those around it. Buy Snapdragon seeds here.
Use plastic or any ceramic pot. Pot should have drainage holes at bottom to ensure good drainage. Use grow bags if you want. Grow Bags have certain advantages over traditional pots as they are light weight, easy to relocate and reusable over the years.
Heavy type of soil containing high proportion of clay is best for growing snapdragon. Keep soil well drained. Use coco peat or coconut husk if looking for an alternative to soil.
Sun / Temperature
Snapdragon loves full sun. Give the plant as much sunlight as possible. Seed sowing temperature should be between 20-25°C .
Snapdragon doesn’t require heavy watering. Follow the thumb rule of watering. Give water whenever soil gets dry. Use hand held water sprayer for watering. It helps tender seedling from displacing. Check out our collection of all gardening accessories.
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