Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Snap Dragon:

            The name "snapdragon" stems from the fact that when you squeeze the throat of the flower it causes the petal "lips" to open with a snapping sound. Since the “mouth” is naturally shut, and there’s no one to open it by squeezing the sides, the honey bee is not strong enough to open it up; this job is left to the bigger bumble bee to mussel her way in to pollinate the flower.

           Snapdragons do best in sunny to light shade situations. They have stalks of brightly colored flowers that are especially profuse in cooler weather. They start blooming at the bottom of the stalk and work their way up.
 
            The flowers come in just about every shade of color, except a true blue. Some are vibrant bold tones, some are soft pastels and some are shaded bi-colors. A word of caution: All parts of snapdragon are poisonous, if ingested.

           Snapdragons like a neutral soil pH, between 6.2 and 7.0;

            The heights of the plants are as follows: dwarf (6-8 inches), medium (15-30 inches) and tall (30-48 inches); making them easy to place in and around the landscaping. Pinching the tips of young plants will encourage side growth branching, making it a fuller plant, and regular deadheading will keep your snapdragons blooming longer.

            Water requirements are normal, about an inch per week.

            You have a very good showy flower color in this one, and the snapping sound effects will give you something to show the kids.

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