Anyone grown stocks or snapdragons from seed?

I've got loads (actually far, far too many) of snapdragon seedlings and some stocks, both of which I grew from seed. The snapdragons are just sprouting their second set of true leaves and the stocks have about 8 leaves each and are starting lo look like proper little plants. I keep them in a mini greenhouse, with the door open when it's sunny.

Can anyone give me any advice about how to look after them in general - I thought I should just wait until after frosts and then plant them out, but I've heard that stocks at least are quite hardy, so maybe I'm cosseting them too much by keeping them in the mini greenhouse.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,510

    Antirrhinums are fairly hardy as well PF, sometimes they last through a winter.Have you pricked them out? I'd grow them on a bit more than 2 leaves,  then harden them off and plant them out. You're ahead of me, I haven't pricked out yet , they're still tiny.

    I've never grown stocks but I should think they would be much the same. 

  • Thanks nutcutlet - I wasn't sure whether they could withstand a frost. Yes I have mostly pricked them out, but they are still quite crowded so I'm keen to get them planted out asap. I must have at least 150 - can't bring myself to get rid of any...

    If they survive winter do they flower again?

    Also, have you ever had any snapdragon seedlings with three leaves instead of two? I mean three seedling leaves, three true leaves and so on (they look like a triangle from above). Lots of mine are like this.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,510

    Antirrhinums will satnd some frost when they've grown up and hardened off. I had some growing in a wall at a previous house, they lived and flowered for years. Strictly speaking they are perennial but usually grown as annuals, and better like that I think. My perennials weren't that great, flowers were OK but a bit woody and straggly.

    I haven't noticed the three seed leaves thing particularly with the snapdragons but often get that with assorted seedlings every year. Actaea alba have done it in a big way this year. It doesn't seem to affect the final result.

    If you've got 150 you will want to get them out, can't pot on that many. I always have too many, never learn to be more moderate.

  • I have today sorted some seeds to sow. Antirrhinum are one of them, so I'm miles behind both of you

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,510

    I think us late sowers will have come off best this year Bev. Mine have only been up a few days, germinated in 3

  • seakaleseakale Posts: 99

    In this months edition there is talk of sowing snapdragons under glass, but I am just emptying my seed bed of May this year of wallflowers, sweet william and aubretia which I have sown, but there are a few snapdragon plants in the bed that I did no sow.  We have dark reds dragons in the garden pwhich flower every year and a few of the young plants are this deep red, but I also have the pinky orange variety, the seeds must have been brought in either by birds or breezes.

    My seed bed is quite sheltered, perhaps it was this exceptional warm summer




  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 4,242

    I grew both from seed this year.  Sowed them in March and they flowered this year a treat.  I have some snapdragons in my garden that are at least 3 years old and still flowering beautifully, its funny but only the yellow and white ones survived the winter. To stop them going woody as soon as they start sprouting in the spring I cut them right down to about 3 inches. Couldnt tell you what variety they were because I didnt grow those from seed I got them from the GC as bedding plants.  Oh and Ive got one of the pinky/yellow ones that dont really look like snapdragons but are.  That survived last winter but it was really mild.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • seakaleseakale Posts: 99

    My long standing snaps grow in a step as part of a wall, they come up every year and have done so for about five years or more.  Deep red flowers glow in the early summer evenings


    if I can sow in open ground I prefer to, all that faff with seed trays, glass and cold frames.


    i am pleased to see snaps are back in favour, I have always liked them

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