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Snapdragons

Sowing, transplanting, multiplication

Snapdragons can be sown at the beginning of the autumn season, or at the end of winter, by scattering the very minute seeds mixed with fine sand in a compost of earth and coarse sand, free of fertilizer. When the seedlings can be handled without damage, they will be repotted in 8-9 cm diameter pots, leaving them in this way until mid-spring. Then they will be transplanted into pots about twenty centimeters wide, taking care not to damage the roots, which must remain protected by the stick of earth, in order to obtain a safe and rapid vegetative recovery. If, on the other hand, an adult snapdragon plant is available, new ones can be obtained by taking sprout cuttings in August, or by dividing the tufts, before the vegetative restart.

Soil, watering, fertilization


Snapdragons in nature grow indifferently in any soil. If you want to get better results, it is better to prepare a loose soil, rich in humus and mineral salts. It is necessary to prepare a good drainage on the bottom of the pots with chopped shards and coarse sand, in order to make it also quite permeable. Snapdragons should be watered every day if the pots are kept in a very sunny position. If, on the other hand, they are placed in partial shade, it will be sufficient to wet them every two days. It is also good to feed the plants with organic fertilizer, at least every fortnight, alternating it with pesticides, in the proportions indicated on the packages. Snapdragons at most can reach a height of 120 centimeters.

The species


About forty species belong to the genus Anthirrhinum; the most widespread in cultivation is Anthirrhinum majus from which, by hybridization, numerous types are derived, which, depending on the height, are divided into three groups: giants, even 1 meter high, very branched and used as cut flower; intermediate, up to 50 centimeters high, with compact vegetation and therefore suitable for forming flower beds and borders; finally the dwarf or very dwarf varieties, which do not exceed 20 centimeters in height, with stoloniferous vegetation and therefore indicated to form flowering spots in the garden or in large terrines. The flowers appear in early June and continue to appear until late October. The flowers of the snapdragons have a tubular corolla and are gathered in thick racemes; those of the typical species are pink,

Snapdragons: The enemies of snapdragons


Snapdragons are affected by numerous fungal diseases. Diseases that can be prevented by administering specific products in time. The symptoms that indicate the presence of diseases are different. The rot is caused by the action of certain fungi, it affects both the area and the roots, causing a widespread blackening and the sure death of the snapdragon plant. The gray mold manifests itself with a light grayish down that covers the flowering tops; it usually occurs in the presence of excessive humidity. Rust, the most frequent of diseases, forms brownish pustules which, in severe cases, cause the snapdragon plant to dry out completely. Sometimes it can also be attacked by aphids, which feed on the most tender shoots, or by bumblebees,

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