Snapdragon magic

2015-04-30 13:58
Snap- dragons have an interesting dual symbolism of both deception and gracious- ness.

Snap- dragons have an interesting dual symbolism of both deception and gracious- ness. Photo: sourced

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SNAPDRAGONS have an interesting dual symbolism of both deception and graciousness. The ties to deception are believed to come from the legend that a person concealing a snapdragon would appear fascinating and alluring when in fact they were not. When presented to a host or used in a brideand#039;s bouquet, however, this signifies the more gracious symbol afforded to snaps and represents appreciation and good wishes.

In Germany, these blooms were even believed to keep children safe from evil spirits if hung over their beds..

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for something tall, in-between, or short for your garden, snaps have an amazing range when it comes to heights, with the shortest, dwarf varieties starting around 15cm and others peaking at an incredible 120cm. For window boxes and containers plant dwarf and they work really­ well as edging or border fronts.

Middle-of-the-range heights would be great for regular mid-range bedding, and naturally the giants of the snaps world will be relegated to the back of the bed. Don’t plant them too far back so as to make them inaccessible though because they make excellent cut flowers. They may need a little help with staking until their stems are strong.

If snapdragons are planted green i.e. before they bloom, it allows the plant to develop strong roots first before plummeting all its energy into making those pretty­ flower faces. This makes a much stronger plant so if you happen to buy one with flowers, just pinch back the main stem and it’ll be as good as new.

Snaps prefer full sun, and it’s important to find a good balance with their water regime. They like moist but not water-logged soil and are not happy if left thirsty. Check out the incredible array of colours snaps are available in, both single and bi-colours.

Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more go to


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