Snapdragon Fast Facts
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Snapdragons are typically sold as annuals in cold-weather zones but are true perennial plants. Available in dwarf sizes of 10 inches to more than 18 inches tall, this versatile flower is a favorite for its long spikes and puppet-like ability to open its "mouth" when pinched at the sides.
Snaps are well-suited for rich soil and prefer regular fertilizing. A hardy, drought-tolerant plant, they survive in well-draining or dry conditions.
Most varieties of snaps drop their flowers after they have been pollinated by bees, with new buds forming above, making them a favorite cut flower for indoors. Deadheading helps with new blooms because the plant can concentrate on new growth instead of expelling withering flowers. Support might be needed for tall varieties.
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Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.