Magic Lanterns Snapdragon
This is a truly exciting development. I have tried using snaps in baskets on many occasions and usually succeed in producing a lovely display that will last a few weeks at best. This snap grows 6 inches tall and is specifically bred to be both trailing and self branching so the drama just keeps coming. Colors include oranges, pinks, roses, whites, and bi-colors, in the most amazing and unusual combinations. Like snowflakes, each bloom is unique. While baskets featuring petunias and geraniums and some of the new patented flowers are ubiquitous in garden centers in the Spring, you won't see many snapdragons - hence your opportunity for an unusual display.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly press in, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, 10-12” apart
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors 2 weeks before the last frost. Sow 3-5 seeds every 3-12"
Growth Habit: Mounding, trailing
Height and Width: 6-8” by 12”
Spacing: 10-12" apart
Light Needs: Full sun, light shade
Soil Needs: Average, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 100-110 days
Uses: Containers, bedding plants, attracts pollinators
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Cut back stems as the blooms fade, this encourages more flower production. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer every few weeks.