Snapdragons over winter

cayugalake(5NY)November 5, 2005

My tall snapdragons are still looking good.

But, winter has to come eventually !

In hopes of getting some of them to survive, should I

- cut them back?

- mulch them with ... what?

- water them well?

- pot one or two up and bring them in?

Thank you!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

They'll likely survive in (containers in) an unheated garage against the wall of the house. I grow dwarf varieties as bonsai & have some that are 4-5 years old. Those, I over-winter under lights in controlled humidity.


    Bookmark   November 5, 2005 at 10:55AM
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Bonsai snapdragons ! I would love to see a picture !

Thanks for the advice.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2005 at 7:07PM
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They winter over here in Missouri, in the ground, with no mulch and get bigger each year. They are in glorious bloom right now!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2005 at 7:41AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

C - I can't send photos through GW, but if you send me an e-mail, I'll send a photo of some plants in development.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2005 at 2:04PM
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I just mulch mine with leaves and most over-winter in my zone 6. We have had very mild winters lately, but it does get well below freezing.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2005 at 8:16AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Overwintering in the ground will depend on if you have a mild winter. In my zone, I usually have some that come back, that are in a protected location. I also let them set seed late in the season and get spontaneous plants that way: although they will be behind in growth to those that have been started from seed indoors.

I had really spectacular tall ones this year too. I'm thinking about gathering some seed and maybe starting it indoors myself to preserve this variety.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2005 at 1:41PM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

I overwinter snapdragons here, but I'm in Zone 7, and it's very dry in winter. Both the warmer zone and the dry seem to be essential to their survival.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 3:06PM
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Mine are practically evergreen all winter I don't do anything for them. We have had temps in the 20's and mine are still setting blooms.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2005 at 10:38PM
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I had one last year, about 2ft tallby winter, when I Ws'ed, still there, When Spring rolled around, still green and beginning to grow, by early summer it grew at least 4 ft tall until storms blew it down, and even then the new buds and leaves before original was shooting up. I was totally shocked since I understood it to be 'an annual'...

Just try whatever you might and see what happens... ;)


    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 10:47PM
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Only a few times, here in upstate NY, did I have a mild enough winter to have snaps return. I mulch them heavily with leaves each year, before the ground freezes (against the general rule). The ones that did winter over grew back huge, with 1" thick stems, like a shrub! They're perennials in warmer climates, tender perennials (treated like annuals) up here in NY. It's always worth a try each winter.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 5:33PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I took these pictures today. I usually don't let buds remain on the plant because it slows development, but I did on this plant for you guys on the forum. (I've learned to post pics don't you see.) ;o) Click on image to enlarge.

Before a haircut:

After a slight pruning:

I think this plant was started from a cutting in the spring of '04. I'll work on developing one more back branch and a crown over this summer. By fall, it should be a cutie.


    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 1:24PM
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triple_b(BC 5b)

Snaps as perrenials in warm places! Weeell ya learn something every day! :-D

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 12:20PM
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