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Snapdragons are at their best in cooler weather

It's finally cooling down, which means you're getting ready to plant your cool season flowers.  As you get ready to plant your pansies and your kale, don't forget about snapdragons.  Commonly planted as an annual, some snapdragons can bloom again in the spring, giving them more of a perennial timeline.

Planted in early fall, young snapdragons will thrash back and forth in the wind, which will help build their strength to support the numerous blooms yet to come.  These plants will begin to bloom in October and will generally last through Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, when the temperatures get a bit colder, these plants may not bloom for some time.  Despite the appearance from above the soil, snapdragons will continue to grow underground through the winter.  Then, in the spring, they will come up and bloom will full foliage and many, many colorful blooms.

When you're ready to plant your snapdragons this October, be sure to fertilize them regularly until they get up to size.  Then you can forget about them around Thanksgiving, and enjoy their blooms again in the spring.

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