These are bright, jolly flowers and look great in the garden or in big flower pots

Sow in winter


Common Name

If you look at their flowers carefully they look like a dragon’s mouth.

Growing Tips

Growing conditions

They like a sunny position in any garden soil.

When to grow

Seeds can be sown from January to March.

What you need

  • Packet of snapdragon seeds
  • Seed tray
  • Seed compost
  • Polythene bag
  • Plant label

How to grow

  1. Fill a seed tray with compost and sow the seeds thinly on the surface of the soil. These seeds don’t need to be covered with compost.
  2. Seal the tray inside a clear, polythene bag and place on a warm, sunny windowsill.
  3. When the seeds are large enough to handle, transplant each one into trays or 7.5cm pots. If you are using trays, make sure that the seedlings are spaced about 10cm apart.
  4. Grow on in cooler conditions.
  5. When all risk of frost has passed, plant the snapdragons outside, 30cm apart straight into the ground or into large pots.

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