snapdragons coming in fives rich colors and a mix.
new snapdragons aren’t just fantastic they’re simply
Snaptastic, and they fill a void longed for in the
market. Snaptastic a new series coming from Syngenta is
considered medium in height reaching 14 to 16 inches.
are planted in the fall in much of the country so as you
shop you’ll most likely see these riotous colors
tempting you. Snaptastic finds itself right in the
middle of Montego one of the best dwarfs that reach 8 to
10 inches tall and Liberty Classic that hits 24 inches.
year I was thrilled to go to the California Pack Trials
as it was called then and see an acre of snapdragons
growing in the field next to Syngenta Flowers
headquarters. It was a sight that would always deliver
that Kodak moment. Even then it was apparent that
breeding would be allowing a full range of heights.
snapdragon is native to Europe and the Mediterranean and
is known botanically as Antirrhinum majus. No matter
where you live and whether you garden in the landscape
or container there is a snapdragon season for you. In
addition to staggering beauty in a range of colors, you
will also find they are resistant to roving deer
whether you will be doing a spring planting or one this
fall, snapdragons are like pansies and prefer a fertile
organic-rich soil in full sun for best bloom production.
Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter tilling to a
depth of 8 to 10 inches or use a prepared landscape mix.
doing your soil preparation apply 2 pounds of a
slow-release 12-6-6 or balanced fertilizer per 100
square feet of planting area. Many new fertilizers also
have a fungicide incorporated that helps reduce some of
the most prevalent diseases.
transplants into the garden at the recommended spacing
for your variety. This would be 8 to 12 inches for
Snaptastic. Apply a generous layer of mulch to keep soil
temperatures moderate for the long growing season ahead.
A little fertilizer every two to three weeks will keep
are more cold hardy than many realize. Once established
in the landscape and hardened off they are quite capable
of taking subfreezing temperatures. Even if record cold
moves in they can be completely covered with pine straw
for a few days with no problem.
is available in five vibrant colors, yellow, orange
flame, red, magenta that looks fit for royalty and a
luscious pink. These are also combined in a showy mix.
You’ll love Snaptastic as a pansy partner, grown with
violas and flowering kale and cabbage. They are most
dazzling when planted in mass in front of a backdrop of
evergreen shrubs. Don’t forget the opportunities to
use with spring bulbs.
don’t require much care, a little deadheading of spent
blooms, watering during dry spells, a little
water-soluble fertilizer, and mulching for winter
protection. The incredible display of color is sure to
bring you joy and make your neighbors green with envy.