Snapdragons

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

My success with snapdragon germination has always been hit and miss....mostly miss. I just received seeds from a sale on Summerhill Seed website of Frosted Flame snaps(variegated) and I really and truely would like to get these to germinated for me. I need your best snap germination advice.

Peggy

Conneaut, OH(Zone 5a)

I have always direct sowed them.Either in the ground or in pots.They seem to like cooler weather.Usually bloom late summer,early fall for me.Edge

Eastlake, OH(Zone 5a)

Peggy,
Snapdragons require light to germinate. If sown indoors. Do not cover the seeds with soil. Sow on top of the soil, and spray with warm water. Give it light to germinate, and place them on a heat mat at 60 degrees. That is the ideal inviroment for them to germinate. You can also sow them directly outdoors, when the temperature is around 70 degrees. Good luck!

Ironside

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

in my area we use them as fall annuals which will survive winter most of the time or early spring/summer annuals.

Thanks for the info.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

lurk...

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

For me the seed germination was much higher if the seeds were refrigerated, at least a couple of weeks, before sewing on the surface of soil and sprinkling with vermiculite. Whenever Snapdragon seeds come in the mail they immediately go into the refrigerator in a ziploc bag. This winter I used quite a few seed packs that were labeled for 2008 and they germinated very well. Some of seed packs have been in the refrigerator for 2 years.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Thanks amore,I've been having much better germination by putting the seeds in the frig a few weeks before I get around to sowing them.


I'm being stalked by a lurker...LOL

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

No me. Im just reading the mail.

Note to self, put snaps seed in frig

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Stoke s Seeds has the best germination how-to instructions. www.stokeseeds.com

Here's what they advise for snapdragons:

SNAPDRAGON Annual

Approx. 102,400 seeds per oz/28 g

GREENHOUSE: Freeze seed for 48 hrs. before sowing. Sow Feb. to Mar. 15th for May sales. Use Jiffy Mix or sterilized sandy loam. Firm and water thoroughly before sowing. Sow thinly in rows 1/8 in./3 mm deep, 1/2 in./ 13 mm wide, 2 in./ 5 cm apart. Do not cover seeds. Press seed firmly into seed bed. 1/64 oz/.5 gr. sows 2(20 x 12 in./ 51 x 31 cm) flats @ 700 - 800 seedlings per flat, depending on germination. Cover flats with plastic to conserve moisture. Germinate @ 70F/21C soil temp. for 7 days. (80F/27C air temp.) As seedlings appear, grow @ 50F/10C. Transplant in 6 weeks, at the same depth as seedlings. Shade transplants with cheese cloth from direct sun until established. Keep well watered with tempered 60F/16 C water.

DIRECT SOWING: Sow outside in early May. Transplant dwarf types 6 in./15 cm apart, tall types 8 in./20 cm apart.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks for that jo!!

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

Wowsers. I must do it the redneck way. LOL. Sew on top of seed starting mix, sprinkle with vermiculute and bottom water. Place on the kitchen table under a regular ole kitchen light and lightly mist every 3 or 4 days. When seeds "pop", in about 7 days, move them outside. I guess for you guys it would be to move under a growing light.

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

Don't get me wrong. Very much appreciate the information Joanne. That is the appropriate way to sew the seeds, and thanks for sharing the info. Sometimes I just wonder "isn't there an easier way"? Brings me back to my early days of gardening. I thought that when it said "needs darkness to germinate" that it meant the containers needed to be in the dark! LOL I was placing all the 2" pots in the garage and wondering why none of them were germinating. Too funny, right?

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Jon,

Some instructions actually say to do that very thing re: darkness. It is a disappointment when it doesn't work. I always seed salpiglossis, which instructs surface sowing and place entire tray in darkness. What a waste with poor germination. So the past few years I now sow my salpiglossis 1/4" deep and have great success.

Salpiglossis is a gorgeous flower: AKA's Painted Tongue & Velvet Flower.

Ft Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10a)

LOL, that's one of the flowers I put in the garage and didn't get any germination. I tried sewing on the surface this fall and only a few germinated. They kicked the bucket when it stayed very warm throughout October. Maybe, I'll try again using your method and see what happens Joanne. I'd love to grow it, but its been a toughie for me.

Jon

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

My 1st failure/success with the Salpiglossis was no germination. I dumped the tray and reused the potting soil and seeded something else. They ended up germinating and growing with the other stuff. It was funny since I had given a bunch of plants to friends and they got some bonus hitchhickers that year.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

I find there are a lot of seeds that do that.. they "sleep" past the alleged germination day and only to germ later than the brochure says! I always wait another 2-3 weeks before dumping.

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

Unless it's a big seed...everything gets sprinkled on a bed of vermucilite and left out on GH bench. Most everything comes up. Only have a few failures. I pretty much quit ready what packages say and punt...Plants/seeds don't read either.

Watseka, IL(Zone 5a)

Since most of the seed I get does not have planting instructions.. after 2-3 weeks, then its toast. Been some known to come up in the compost months later though too!

Ashdown, AR(Zone 8a)

If something doesn't come up,I toss it out into a flowerbed then when it does come up,I've forgotten and wonder where the heck it came from....LOL

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