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Overwintering Snapdragons

I garden in zone 5 and would like to know how I can bring an outside snapdragon plant inside for the winter so I can replant it outside in the spring.

Snapdragons are truly a short lived perennial that is usually grown as an annual, especially in colder climates.  In mild winters or when grown in a sheltered location a plant or two may survive the winter.  If you feel lucky you may want to mulch the plant after the soil freezes.  Cover the plant with evergreen boughs or straw.  Or you could try growing it indoors like geraniums, impatiens, and other annuals.   You could try one or both of these methods. Take a few 4-inch cuttings, stick them in vermiculite to root, then plant the rooted cutting in a well-drained potting mix.  Or dig up the plant, pot it up and grow it indoors.   Either way, place the plants in a cool sunny location or under artificial lights.  Water thoroughly whenever the soil just starts to dry.

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