Chantilly Snapdragons, Last Summer’s MVP

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SnapdragonsThe seeds I used were purchased were from Renee’s Garden. I liked them so much I ordered twice as many for spring!

10 thoughts on “Chantilly Snapdragons, Last Summer’s MVP

    1. Thanks Jessica! Something I learned this last time around is that snapdragons need light to germinate. When I sowed mine, I simply pressed the seeds into the soil surface and when watering, I put my hose on a mister setting so as not to disturb the placement of the seeds. Hope that helps! 🙂

  1. Lovely! I prefer the snappy kind of snap dragon, but these photos are making me wonder. 🙂 I’ll definitely have to plant some sort of snapdragon. My list of annual flower seeds to start keeps getting longer.

  2. In all my years, I’ve only been able to keep snapdragons alive once! They were a gift year before last from our (now gone) northern home neighbor. Lemon yellow. And I kept them going for nearly 10 months here on the coast from April into February despite frost & freeze!!!

    1. Hi Natalie, I don’t have any experience growing these outside of my cold-winter region, however I did find that the seedlings prefer cooler temps. Here’s a link to the seed packet where I purchased them (from Renee’s Garden) that can give you more sowing info and here is a link to a list of when to sow specific seeds. Maybe that will help? I hope so! 🙂

      1. Thank you! 🙂 I really appreciate your website and the pics & info you post! Thanks for getting back to me about this!

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