About Tetra Mix Snapdragon: Snapdragons have been a garden favorite since the 1700s. Originating in the Mediterranean region, this flower gets its name from its unusual blossoms that look like a dragon's head; the "mouth" even opens when squeezed. In medieval times, snapdragons often guarded the gates of castles because of a belief that they offered protection. Victorian women received bouquets of this flower with delight, since this meant a coming proposal; they also made infusions of the plant for cosmetic purposes. Thomas Jefferson grew snapdragons in his famous experimental garden, the first American to document their growth. In addition to being decorative in the garden, snapdragon blossoms are edible and can be used as a garnish for elegant desserts.
Tetra Mix Snapdragon Germination: This seed can be direct sown in early spring or late fall, planted on the surface of the soil. When seedlings appear, thin or transplant them to 10-12" apart. To start the seed indoors, begin 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost. Plant in a flat on the surface of the soil; keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F, in indirect sunlight. Germination should take place within 10-14 days. When plants reach 2-3" high, transplant them 10-12" apart. Since plants that develop buds most likely will not survive transplanting, be sure to plant them out before they reach that point. Snapdragons prefer full sun and well drained soil, though they can tolerate partial shade.
Growing Tetra Mix Snapdragon Seeds: Keep the seedlings moist until they become established. Pinching off the tops of seedings encourages bushy, neat growth. Though mature plants require watering regularly in the heat of summer, they do tolerate heat well. Overwatering or poorly draining soil can lead to root rot. Since these plants grow very tall, they may need staking or support. The flowers will bloom until frost; deadhead faded blossoms for increased blooming. When the heat of summer begins to fade the blossoms, the plant can be cut back by one third for another blooming in the early fall. Though usually grown as an annual, this plant may overwinter and bloom for another season in warm regions. It often self seeds and produces volunteer plants. Snapdragons attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies while repelling deer.
Harvesting Tetra Mix Snapdragon: Snapdragons make excellent cut flowers. Choosing stems that still have some buds unopened, cut them at the base and remove only the leaves that will be below the surface of the water in the vase. Fresh cut snapdragons have a vase life of 7-10 days.
Saving Tetra Mix Snapdragon Seeds: Allow the blossoms to fade and develop seed heads. The pod will turn from green to brown as it matures; remove the pods as soon as they turn brown, since they will soon split and release their seed. Crush the pods to remove the seed. Store the seed in the refrigerator until planting.
Detailed Tetra Mix Snapdragon Info: Origin: Mediterranean Other Common Names: Giant Tetra Snapdragon Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Spring-Early Fall Height: 24-30 inches Spacing: 10-12 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 6-10 Seeds Per Oz: 212,000 Produces tall stalks with dark green blade-like leaves at the base, and abundant blossoms to the top of the stem; color includes yellow, red, orange, pink, and white.