Prolific spikes of blooming snapdragons look lovely in the garden or fresh-cut in vases. Learn how to deadhead snapdragons to keep the flowers in bloom all summer long.
Known and loved by kids for their dragon-like jaw that opens and closes when you pinch in the sides, snapdragons are a great choice for the home garden.
The scientific name for snapdragons is Antirrhinum. Also known as dragon flowers or dog flower, snapdragons are native to parts of the United States, Canada, North Africa, and Europe.
Are you ready for a snapdragon flower explosion?! Get started deadheading snapdragons to make the most of your plants’ bloom time.
Do you deadhead snapdragons?
Yes, deadheading snapdragons can help to keep the flowers blooming all season long. Most gardeners agree that it is worthwhile to deadhead snapdragons. The extended flowering promised by deadheading is achievable with minimal effort.
How often is best when deadheading snapdragons?
Plan to deadhead snapdragons about once per week. Look for signs of spent flowers and remove them as you find them. You don’t need to schedule special time for snapdragon deadheading, but you can if it helps you.
What should you know before deadheading snapdragons?
Before you set off learning how to deadhead snapdragons, allow me to remind you of one thing. Snapdragons have the coolest skull-shaped seed pods when left to go to seed. If you deadhead snapdragons one and all, you may not get to see or experience this neat little seed pod.
How to Deadhead Snapdragons
Deadheading snapdragons is actually very easy! Follow these simple instructions to remove spent blooms for prolonged flowering.
- Identify any faded or spent snapdragon flowers.
- Hold the plant gently with your nondominant hand.
- Use scissors to gently snip the stem below the blossom.
- Dispose of snapdragon deadheads. (Check for seeds first, just in case!)
- Over the next few days and weeks, watch the leaf nodes for new signs of growth!
Deadheading Snapdragons Tips
Plan to deadhead snapdragons to prolong blooming.
Try these tips on removing spent blooms from snapdragon plants to make the most of your garden this year!
- Deadhead – Remove dead snapdragon flowers after they fade to encourage new growth and more flowers. This also tidies up your plants!
- Pinch Snapdragons – Pinch snapdragon stems during the early stages to encourage branching. This will also get you more snapdragon flowers!
- Leave Some for Seeds – If you want seeds for next year, allow some of the flowers on your favorite snapdragon plants. Wait until they become fully brown.
- Cut Flowers – Cut some snapdragons for indoor vases. This also encourages new growth!
Do you have any questions about deadheading snapdragons in the garden?
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