Tips for Taking Care of Snapdragons: How to Successfully Grow Snapdragon Flowers


Growing snapdragon flowers can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. These small, showy flowers are a popular choice for gardeners all throughout the United States, and they come in a variety of vibrant colors that can easily brighten up any landscape.

When it comes to planting snapdragon flowers, it’s important to choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. These plants thrive in full sun and can be a bit difficult to handle during transfer, so it’s best to plant them directly in the ground where they will stay. Make sure to water the plant regularly to keep it well-watered, especially during dry periods.

Propagation of snapdragon flowers can be done through seeds or cuttings. If you want to grow new plants from seeds, sow them in a pot indoors and then transplant them outdoors when the weather is mild. Cuttings can be taken from established plants and rooted in moist, well-drained soil.

Snaps, as these flowers are commonly called, are believed to be frost-tolerant and can withstand mild winters. However, it’s important to note that they may struggle in extremely cold temperatures and may need some protection during freezing weather.

Removing wilted flowers is a key aspect of snapdragon care. By regularly deadheading the plant, you can encourage continuous blooming and prevent premature seed production. This can be done simply by clipping the stems below the spent flowers. Additionally, snapdragons may benefit from a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth.

When it comes to pest and disease control, snapdragons are generally not prone to many issues. However, thrips and mildews are two common problems that may arise. Spraying the plant with water or a mild insecticide can help keep thrips at bay, while proper spacing and good air circulation can prevent mildews.

In conclusion, growing and caring for snapdragons can be a quick and easy task. These beautiful flowers provide a mixed value of beauty and fragrance, making them a delightful addition to any garden. By following the simple tips and lessons outlined in this guide, you can easily establish and maintain healthy snapdragon plants that will thrive and show off their vibrant blooms throughout the growing season.


Snapdragons are beautiful flowering plants that are commonly grown in gardens. They are known for their unique shape, with petals that resemble the snout of a dragon. These plants come in a variety of colors and can add a vibrant touch to any garden or landscape.

If you are interested in growing snapdragons, there are a few tips and lessons that you should keep in mind. Firstly, snapdragons are heat-tolerant plants that can thrive in full sun or partial shade. However, they are more likely to grow taller and have longer, spikier blooms when planted in full sun.

When it comes to planting snapdragons, it is important to choose a well-watered area that is rich in organic matter. These plants prefer moist, well-drained soil and may not tolerate hot and dry conditions well. If you live in an area with particularly hot summers, it is best to choose shorter varieties of snapdragons that can withstand the heat.

Snapdragons can be grown from seeds or propagated from cuttings. If you are sowing seeds, it is recommended to start them indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost date. This will give the plants enough time to establish strong root systems before being transplanted outdoors. Alternatively, you can purchase young snapdragon plants from a nursery and directly plant them in your garden.

When growing snapdragons, it is important to be mindful of common problems that may arise. Some pests, such as caterpillars and nematodes, can damage the foliage and flowers of snapdragons. It is best to inspect your plants regularly and take appropriate measures to prevent or treat pest infestations.

In addition to pest control, fertilizing snapdragons is also important for their overall health and blooming. It is recommended to fertilize these plants once every two to three weeks using a balanced fertilizer. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth and fewer flowers.

Snapdragons can bloom throughout the year, but they are less likely to flower during very hot or cold temperatures. To encourage flowering, it is a good idea to pinch off the spent blooms. This will promote new growth and more blossoms. Additionally, snapdragons are excellent plants for attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden.

In conclusion, snapdragons are valued for their unique shape and vibrant colors. They are relatively easy to grow, require a well-watered area with rich soil, and are best suited for areas with mild temperatures. By following these care tips and practicing regular maintenance, you can enjoy beautiful snapdragons in your garden year after year.

The year without snapdragons and some lessons learned

It was a year without snapdragons in my garden, and it was a lesson I won’t soon forget. Snapdragons are beautiful flowers that add a pop of color to bouquets and garden beds, but they can be quite finicky to grow. As I learned through my experience, there are several important factors to consider when growing snapdragons.

One of the biggest challenges I faced was dealing with thrips, tiny insects that feed on the flowers and leaves of snapdragons. Despite my best efforts to control them using organic sprays and diligent monitoring, the thrips seemed to always get the upper hand. References from experienced gardeners and pest control sources would have been useful to me, as I didn’t have enough knowledge regarding thrips identification and treatment methods.

Another important factor is moisture. Snapdragons prefer cool and moist growing conditions, especially in the morning when they are most actively taking up water. Regular watering is crucial, and they should never be allowed to dry out completely. Overwatering, however, can result in root rot, so finding the right balance is key.

Pinching is also important for encouraging bushier growth and more flowers. Pinching the tops of young plants can help them to branch out and produce more blooms. Unfortunately, I neglected this step and ended up with tall, leggy plants with fewer flowers.

Snapdragons are particularly susceptible to pests such as caterpillars and aphids. Regular monitoring and manual removal of pests can help to keep infestations under control. In addition, providing a designated area for beneficial insects like bees can help to naturally control pests.

Heat and wind can also pose challenges for snapdragons. They prefer cooler temperatures and can suffer from heat stress. Planting them in a location where they are shielded from strong winds is also important, as they have delicate stems that can easily break.

Choosing the right varieties of snapdragons is another important consideration. Some varieties are more resistant to diseases and pests than others, so it’s important to do your research and select the appropriate ones for your garden. Double-flowered varieties, while beautiful, may require more maintenance and are more prone to diseases.

Lastly, regular pruning and deadheading can help to keep snapdragons looking their best. Removing faded flowers and pruning back leggy stems will encourage more blooms and prevent the plant from becoming too unruly.

So, the year without snapdragons taught me many lessons. I now have a better understanding of the conditions and care required to successfully grow snapdragon flowers. By doing my research, using appropriate pest control methods, providing the right growing conditions, and giving them the care they need, I hope to have a beautiful display of snapdragons in my garden next year.


If you’re interested in growing snapdragons, propagation is a great way to get started. You can either collect seeds from existing snapdragons or purchase them from a reputable source.

One common method of propagation is through seed starting. Snapdragons have a long growing season, so it’s best to start seeds indoors in late winter or early spring. Fill a seed tray with a well-draining potting mix and sow the seeds on the surface. Sprinkle a thin layer of soil on top and water gently.

Another method of propagation is through stem cuttings. This is particularly effective if you have a specific variety that you’d like to reproduce. Select a healthy snapdragon plant and choose a stem that is about 3-4 inches in length. Remove any leaves from the bottom half of the stem and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Plant the cutting in a container filled with a balanced potting mix and place it in a sunny area.

Snaps, as they are commonly called, are quite hardy and can handle a range of growing conditions. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It’s important to water them regularly, particularly during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, as snaps dislike wet feet.

Snaps can be prone to a few problems, including mildews and pests. In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to provide good air circulation around the plants. Pruning back any crowded or diseased foliage can help with this. If you do notice any signs of mildew, there are a variety of organic oils and sprays that can help combat the problem.

Snaps will continue to flower throughout the growing season if you deadhead them regularly. Deadheading involves removing the faded flowers to promote new blooms. This can easily be done by clipping off the flowers as soon as they start to fade. In addition to promoting longer flowering, deadheading can also prevent the plant from self-seeding and becoming weedy.

Snaps can spread quite easily through self-seeding, so if you’d like to collect seeds for next year, simply allow the flowers to go to seed and dry on the plant. Once the seed pods turn brown and begin to open, you can remove them and collect the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to plant them the following year.

Growing snapdragons can be a rewarding experience, and with these tips and techniques, you’ll be able to enjoy their beautiful flowers year-round. If you have any further questions or need additional guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to gardening references or ask for help in gardening communities or forums.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.