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Snapdragon Growing Guide

Snapdragons are popular bedding plants. With their upright habit they are an excellent flowering choice for the garden. Lasting well as a cut flower, Snapdragons are widely grown. Easy to grow and reliable, these flowering powerhouses are a superb option for a sunny boarder or container.

3 steps to planting snapdragon 


Snapdragons are easy-going plants that prefer a free-draining fertile soil and a warm sunny spot. Once established they will cope with dry periods, but extra watering is required to ensure plants are well established beforehand. Plant out young plants once the danger of frosts has passed.

Some favourite varieties to look out for are Brazilian Carnival, Chimes series and Madame Butterfly.

Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like Tui Sheep Pellets and Tui Compost to your soil. Then you can add a layer of Tui Flower Mix


The best times to plant are early in the morning, or late in the day so the plants aren't exposed to the hot sun straight away. Always water plants well before and after planting.

Directions for planting in garden beds

  • Water plants thoroughly before planting and allow to drain.
  • Dig a hole, approximately twice the depth and width of the root ball of your plant.
  • Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the centre of the hole.
  • Fill in with Tui Flower Mix.
  • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
  • Water your plant well and continue to water regularly.

Directions for potting plants

  • Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.
  • Half fill your container with Tui Flower Mix.
  • Gently take the plant from the current container, loosen the root ball and remove any loose or dead plant material and roots.
  • Position the plant in the centre of the new container and fill with Tui Flower Mix up to 3cm from the top.
  • Gently firm mix around the base of the plant. The mix should be at the same level on the plant as it was in the previous container.
  • Water your plant well and continue to water regularly.


Feed your plants and they will reward you. Replenishing the nutrients used by your plants ensures your plants grow to their full potential. Feed your Snapdragons with Tui NovaTec® Premium Fertiliser.

A well-watered, well-nourished garden will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay. While your Snapdragons are growing regularly apply a dose of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic to give them a welcome boost.

Deadhead flowers as they finish, this will encourage a new flush of flowers extending the flowering season.