Snap Dragons Den for Antirrhinums

Antirrhinum

Invest in some Antirrhinums but ignore the cynical dragons on the BBC TV programme ‘Dragons Den’ who are yet to invest in a garden business.

Ways of Growing Antirrhinums

  • Grow from seed using the sowing instructions on the packet. Generally they recommend sowing in March or April although I have some overwintering plants sown in September.
  • Buy young seedlings from a garden centre in spring. You do not need to worry about damping off if you buy a pot full of seedlings.
  • Buy plug plants that will save you the job of pricking out and some seedling losses. The jumbo plugs can go straight into the ground.
  • Antirrhinums are short lived perennials and will probably return to flower next season. Trim them before winter to avoid straggly growth and encourage new branches in spring.
  • Allow your plants to set seed and they will self sow or you can collect the prolific seed for your own sowing. Setting seed is a sign for the plant to stop flowering so an alternative is to deadhead to get more flowers than seed.

Antirrhinum siculum

Antirrhinum siculum (Above) is a more exotic breed of snapdragon growing in warm dry conditions.

Comment
Six ways to grow Antirrhinums and confound the snapdragon fraternity with colourful, scented, cut and garden flowers.
Seeds are not a big investment and you get a good return for your money without needing outside investors.
Being a natural gardener you wont need to give away 50% of your plants for an investment of half the price of a packet but may be willing to do so.


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