Snapdragon, Defiant Mix (Organic)
Antirrhinum majus. 70-80 days.
Snapdragons are one of the classic annual flowers that every gardener should experiment with. These 3′ tall plants are a bright accent in the garden and also make excellent cut flowers. Flower color mostly ranges from dark-cherry red to peach-orange red, defiantly throwing out the occasional bright yellow plant. This mix will not settle for the authority of uniformity. We think of it as a beautiful mix of reds with the possibility of surprises. One of the coolest things about snapdragons is that the seed pods look like little upside-down skulls when seed is ripe. Blooms from July through September and is deer resistant.
Surface sow after danger of frost or sow indoors for transplant starting 8 weeks before last frost. Germination in 7 – 10 days. Thin/ transplant to 12” centers. Pinch growth tip when young to promote branching. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Perennial in zones 8 – 10. Will self-seed.
Collect seeds from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Will cross-pollinate. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/2 mile.