resemblance of these cute flowers to a dragon earnt
them the common name of Snapdragon. Their botanical
name 'Antirrhinum' comes from the Greek word 'Antirrhinon'
meaning nose like.
This bushy annual that flowers for a long period
of time comes in both dwarf & tall varieties.
The taller "Snappy's" with their long
stems make them ideal for cut flowers. They come
in a variety of wonderful colours in bright tones
of orange, red, pink, yellow and white.
Snapdragons always look their best in a massed display
in garden beds and pots. The dwarf varieties can
also look great when grown in hanging baskets in
When growing them in the garden choose a sunny position
that is protected from wind. Prepare the beds with
Searles® Real Compost & 5 IN 1® Organic
Plant Food. For an extra boost, add a couple of
handfuls of Kickalong® Organic - Complete Garden.
POTS & HANGING BASKETS
For good strong growth in outdoor tubs and large
pots, use Searles® Pots & Tubs Potting
Mix. When growing in hanging baskets, use Searles
Peat 80 Plus® potting mix.
Snapdragons can be grown all year round. Sow seeds
into Searles® Seed Raising Mix and transplant into
the garden or into small pots when they are at the
stage of having 3 - 4 leaves. There are two varieties
in the Searles® Seed Range, the small growing Cheerio,
or for cut flowers try Panorama a taller selection.
Snapdragons are also available in seedlings (punnets).
Plant them out into a prepared garden spacing them
about 20 -30cm apart.
Once planted water them in with SeaMax® Fish &
Kelp Fertiliser. When they are established, give
a fortnightly application of Searles Flourish® Soluble
Plant Food to strengthen stems and create vibrant
Although Snappy's don't like soggy and waterlogged
soil, they do love a deep drink at least twice a
week. Rust can be a problem with them. Try to avoid
overhead watering to keep the foliage dry and if
possible water early in the day so the rising sun
can dry any extra moisture. If your Snappy's get
rust, spray with Mancozeb or a garden fungicide.
Snappy's can be cut back for a second round of flowers.
As Snapdragons are a timeless favourite with many
new varieties being developed each year, they are
sure to remain popular for a long time to come.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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