Snapdragon ‘Madame Butterfly Bronze’
All our seed is the latest harvest and super fresh.
I am completely obsessed with the Madam Butterfly series Snapdragons. Fresh professional grade seed is incredibly difficult to come by and I am constantly on the breeders waiting list so you can image how thrilled I am to come up trumps with this Bronze variety. It literally just arrived!
Snapdragon Madame Butterfly Bronze has deep apricot bronze petals that look like tiny azaleas, the tight flower heads keep the pollen hidden for longer making flowers last much longer in both the vase and the garden.
Traditionally Snapdragons only have blooms on the top portion of the flower spike as the lower blossoms drop very quickly after a visit from the Bees, however these special double snapdragons will keep their blooms and create great towers of flowers.
Majestic and a must grow for me.
How to grow:
Technically a short-lived perennial, Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), perform best when treated as an annual.
Seeds will germinate and grow a lot more slowly than true annuals so we give them extra growing time by sowing undercover from Autumn.
Antirrhinums can get ‘rust’. A precautionary spray of fungicide can really help. Keep a vigilant eye and remove any leaves that become infected.
I sow a 2nd batch in late Winter/early Spring to extend the harvest.
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Variety: Antirrhinum majus
Type: Short-lived perennial treated as an annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Autumn / late Winter/early Spring
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: up to 50 seeds approximately (counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut snapdragons when just the bottom 2-3 flowers are open for the longest vase life.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.
Like all Snapdragons, they are geotropic ( which means the stems align with gravity) keep as upright as possible while conditioning. Once arranged stems will relax and tips will turn upwards. You can find out more about cutting and conditioning flowers here.