6 Spectacular Annuals, Which I Advise To Sow In March. Description, Varieties, Photo - Page 2 Of 6

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2. Snapdragon

Few people know, but snapdragons are popular not only as a flower bed annual, but also widely used by florists for cutting in bouquets. For this purpose, the flower is sown in greenhouses literally all year round. But most growers prefer to sow it in late spring directly into the ground.

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

The cold hardiness of snapdragons really allows sowing in early May, but in this case, flowers usually begin to bloom only in the second half of July. For early flowering, it is preferable to sow snapdragon indoors in mid-March.

But first you need to decide on the varieties of this multifaceted flower. A large number of varieties and hybrids of snapdragon, primarily, differ in height. Among them you can find:

  • real giants about a meter high, grown for cutting or as bright verticals in a flower bed - "Admiral", "Opus";
  • medium-sized (40 centimeters, more bushy, compact and suitable for any flower beds - Snaptini;
  • dwarf (15-25 centimeters) - Montego, "Floral Showers";
  • ampelous, represented by the Candy Showers series, which has a slightly falling bush shape.

The classic shape of the snapdragon flower is the original two-lipped flowers, similar to dogs, which open their "mouth" wide when pressed on the back of the flower. But thanks to the efforts of breeders, another shape of a flower with petals that did not grow into the lip appeared in the snapdragon, as well as flight varieties that resemble roses or azaleas.

Non-double open inflorescences are represented by the tall Apollo series, as well as the medium-sized line - a novelty of recent years by Antiquity, distinguished by unusual flower colors. Densely double "roses" of various colors can be found in the tall mixture of "Madame Butterfly", which forms tall, unbranched plants that often need a garter.

Also double flowers bloom in the hybrid line "Twinny", characterized by low (up to 30 centimeters) dense branchy bushes, which are ideal for planting on the balcony, in hanging baskets and small flower beds.

Snapdragon "Madame Butterfly"
Snapdragon "Madame Butterfly"

Sowing snapdragon seedlings

When sowing snapdragon in early to mid March, you will have flowering plants in late May or early June. Small seeds are sown almost superficially, only slightly sprinkling the crops with a sieved substrate with a layer of no more than 3 millimeters. To evenly distribute the seeds over the surface of the container, you can pour some snow on the soil, then the black seeds will be clearly visible on a white background.

Tender snapdragon shoots are very vulnerable to blackleg lesions, so thickened crops are best avoided. At the same time, it was noticed that some varieties are more vulnerable to this scourge, while others are practically resistant. In my floriculture practice, because of the black leg, it happened to lose 90% of the seedlings of a very beautiful series of snapdragons "Floral Shows" for several years in a row. But the seedlings of the "Twinny" hybrid, fortunately, do not suffer at all from such a misfortune.

In any case, it is better to secure the seedlings of the snapdragon in advance and, when sowing, add a bacterial agent to the soil that suppresses the growth of pathogenic fungi, or regularly spray the seedlings with antifungal drugs. Affected shoots (unreasonably fallen on the barrel) must be removed immediately and sprinkled with ash.

It is also important not to overflow or dry out the earth. Otherwise, the seedlings of the snapdragon are unpretentious, growing rapidly, and undersized varieties almost immediately begin to bush themselves from the root. But it is better to pinch the high ones after the third pair of real leaves.

Since snapdragon is very photophilous, you need to keep the seedlings only in a sunny window, and turn on the backlight on cloudy days. The plant does not tolerate transplanting so easily, therefore it is better to cut the seedlings into separate cups as early as possible in order to minimize injury to the plants when planting in the ground.

Snapdragon can withstand a drop in temperature, so it can be planted in a permanent place as early as mid-May. High varieties are best tied to a support immediately.

The continuation of the list of spectacular annuals, which I advise to sow for seedlings in March, read on the next page

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