This flower named after a mythical beast is a fan-favorite for hummingbirds

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While young snapdragon plants can be easily found in most garden centers, the plants can also be grown from seed. If you opt to grow the plants from seed, it’s best to start the seeds indoors and transplant them to their outdoor home after two months or so, as the seeds are so small they can easily be washed away if they are direct sown. Instead of burying the seeds, just surface sow them into your seed starting trays, as they need light to germinate. While seed stratification is not necessarily required, chilling the seeds has been shown to improve germination rates.

Once your snapdragons are ready to move outdoors, plant them in well-draining and fertile soil and pick a spot where they’ll receive full to partial sun. Take care to harden them off, but you don’t necessarily have to wait until after your last frost date, as snapdragons are frost hardy. Snapdragons aren’t especially drought or heat tolerant, so be sure to stay on top of watering them, especially once temperatures start to heat up. Just be sure to avoid drenching their leaves and flowers. While overhead watering isn’t ideal for any plants, snapdragons are especially prone to developing rust and other fungal diseases.

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