- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Height: 36 inches
- Bloom Season: Mid-spring to fall
- Bloom Color: Soft rose
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Rich, moist, well-drained, pH 6.0 - 7.3
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 64 - 72F
- Average Germ Time: 10 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
- Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Snapdragon
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Majus Maximum Appleblossom) - These tall Snapdragons are a gardener's favorite choice for a long lasting cut flower. Easy-to-grow from Snapdragon seeds, this variety reaches 36 inches in height and is a large-flowered form of the common garden snapdragon. It is usually grown as an annual, but it may winter over in areas with mild winter weather. The tall Antirrhinum Majus Snapdragon plants produce densely packed spikes that bloom in succession. Snapdragons are suitable as bedding plants, and they are very impressive when they are planted in mass groupings.
Snapdragon Apple Blossom should be grown in rich, well-drained soil. Adding organic matter is very beneficial to the Snapdragon plants. Grow them in full sun, and space this tall variety 12 - 18 inches apart. To encourage branching, pinch the tips of young plants. Snapdragon care includes trimming the plants back after they have finished blooming to encourage a second flush of blooms. Snapdragons perform best in cooler summer climates. In hot regions, provide Snapdragon plants with some afternoon shade.
How To Grow Snapdragons From Seeds: Snapdragon plants can tolerate a light frost, so they can be set out as early as the ground can be worked. For the earliest blooms, sow Snapdragon seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before setting the plants out. Use quality starter mix and sow the Snapdragon flower seeds on the surface of the pre-moistened mix and gently press the seed in. Harden off the Snapdragon seedlings for 10 - 14 days before planting outdoors. Pinch back at the time of transplanting to encourage branching. For areas with mild winters, sow Snapdragon flower seeds outdoors in a sheltered seed bed in late summer. Transplant the young Snapdragon plants into their permanent location for blooms in winter and spring.