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Snapdragon, Plumblossom Hybrid

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Freely branching, perfect for cutting.

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A must-have for the tall border and excellent as cut flowers. Purple-pink and cream bicolors from straight spikes that glow like candles. Snapdragons grow best in cool weather. Sow indoors 8-12 weeks before last frost. Astounding 4 ft. plants. Freely branching, perfect for cutting.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

96-120 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Snapdragons may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow snapdragon seeds indoors 12 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds thinly and barely press into seed starting formula do not cover with soil.
  • Keep the soil moist at 65 degrees, as snapdragons prefer cooler soil so do not use bottom heat.
  • Seedlings emerge in 8-14 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • To encourage better branching, pinch the tops off when the seedlings reach 3-4 inches tall.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the last heavy frost. Snapdragons can tolerate light frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich, well-drained, moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 6 to 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Taller varieties may require staking.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage flowering and prevent seed development. Pinching the growing tips of plants can encourage bushiness. Snapdragons make terrific cut flowers, and cutting the flowers encourages new blooms.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Snapdragons bloom best in well-drained, moist soil, in cool late-spring or early-summer temperatures. They can tolerate light shade but bloom much better in full sun.
  • Snapdragons tend to stop producing flowers when hot weather arrives, but they will usually re-bloom when the weather cools off in late summer if you cut back the spent flower stalks.
  • Snapdragons are available in a broad range of heights, so they may be used in many ways in the garden. Small cultivars work well as an annual ground cover, as an edging, or in pots or window boxes. The spiky form of taller cultivars adds an attractive accent to annual and mixed borders.
  • Tall snapdragon cultivars also make remarkably long-lived cut flowers
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
48 inches
Spread
96-120 inches
Ornamental Use
Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
10
Snapdragon, Plumblossom Hybrid is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best cutting snapdragon I have been growing this one for years and it far surpasses any other tall cutting snapdragon. the stems are strong and the size of the flowers are large. Only wish that there were other colors available in such a great performer, as I also grow Rocket and Topper snaps that are not as abundantly flowering.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be careful! Tried these twice and no seeds took.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful These Snapdragons are very lovely. I started them inside and let them get too tall and spindly, they looked ready to die. However I stuck them in the garden and they turned into the most prolific snapdragons I have ever had. They looked wonderful in a short vase by themselves.
Date published: 2007-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plumblossom Snapdragon Gorgeous plants! Grew them in 2005, and they looked better than the picture in the catalog. I started them early, planted as soon as possible during cool spring weather, fertilized regularly and kept well-watered. Seeds germinated superbly, plants branched well on thick stems that did not break in windy conditions even tho they were 4 feet tall! Individual blossoms were up to 3" long. Forgot to order them for 2006 [insert sound 'slap on side of head'], so reserve me some for 2007! Oh, and some for my garden buddies, too...
Date published: 2006-10-05
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