Tips To Care Snapdragon Outdoor Plants
Snapdragons provides cool season color and a mid-sized plant to balance tall background outdoor plants in the garden. Proper care of the snapdragon outdoor plants provides a wealth of early blooms in the garden. Here are some tips of caring snapdragon outdoor plants. Provide about 1 inch of water every week, or whenever the top 2 to 3 inches of soil feels dry. Use a garden hose or soaker hose to water the soil rather than watering from overhead, because wet foliage places the plant at risk of mildew, rot and other moisture-related problems. Pinch the top 1/2 to 1 inch of the growing tips when young snapdragons are 2 to 4 inches tall. This forces the plant to branch out, creating a bushier plant. Feed snapdragons every four to six weeks, using a general-purpose liquid fertilizer for blooming plants. Alternatively, work a slow-release fertilizer into the soil at planting time. Apply fertilizer in accordance with label specifications. Mulch the soil around the plants to conserve moisture and suppress growth of weeds. Use 1 to 3 inches of organic mulch such as dry grass clippings, chopped bark or pine needles.
Remove snapdragon blooms as soon as they wilt to prolong the blooming season. This process, known as deadheading, prevents the plants from going to seed early. Remove the bloom and up to one-third of the stem. Cut snapdragons down to 4 to 6 inches if the outdoor plants look spindly in midsummer, and then follow the pruning with an application of fertilizer. Tidier, healthier plants soon rebound and bloom until the end of the season.