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Encourage More Flowers From Snapdragons

My snapdragons produce beautiful flowers and then stop.  Can I get them to bloom again?

Yes, with a little help from you.  A plant's goal is to reproduce.  So once it is done flowering, been pollinated and fertilized, it starts to set seed.  All the energy goes into producing the seeds to grow the next generation of plants.  Keep the plants blooming by removing the faded flowers.  Some plants are self-cleaning and don't need deadheading.  This is not the case with snapdragons.  The little balls forming on the old flower stems of the snapdragons are seed-pods not flower buds.  Prune faded flowers back to the first set of leaves.  This will encourage branching and new blossoms.  Be patient it takes about two weeks for the next flush of flowers.  Keep deadheading throughout the season to keep your plants blooming.  Snapdragons also produce fewer if any blossoms during hot weather.  But once the weather cools the flowers return in greater numbers.

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