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snapdragonPropagation & harvesting guides

Please refer to the general growing guide for more in-depth information on growing processes.

Antirrhinum majus ‘Chantilly’ series, ‘Madame Butterfly’

 Colour: ‘Chantilly’ bronze has large, open faced flowers in tangerine tinged with salmon.

‘Madame Butterfly’ red have fluffy flowers in carmine, ‘Madame Butterfly’ bronze & white have fluffy bronze flowers tinged with white.

Type: Hardy annual.

Height: 50cms – 80cms

Timing: 15 – 20 weeks from seed to bloom.  ‘Chantilly’ are the earliest to flower followed by ‘Madame Butterfly’.

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Snapdragons are Andy’s favourite and I have to say I love them too.  Their floriferous stems come in a gorgeous variety of textures and colours. My absolute favourite cutting varieties are ‘Chantilly’, ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘Rocket’.  Currently I have ‘Chantilly’ and ‘Madame Butterfly’ available in our seed stories collection.  Their fluffy clouds of loveliness can be used as a main or filler flower in bouquets and arrangements.


Sow seeds indoors from February – March onwards.  Sow into seed compost and DO NOT cover the seeds.  Tray cover can be used to prevent seeds from drying out.  Remember to mist regularly.  Germination usually takes place within 2 – 4 weeks.  To note: emerging seedling are a single, leafless stem (so don’t worry, they’re perfectly fine!).  Leaves will develop as the seedling matures. 

Plants are cool hardy, so seeds can be sown in late summer / autumn and planted outdoors about 4 weeks before first frost is due (usually around mid-October). 


Seedlings can be pricked out of their seed tray as soon as they are big and strong enough to handle. They can then be further transplanted into their permanent position once they have developed a strong, healthy root system.

Snapdragons are cool – hardy plants and it can be planted out when there is still a risk of frost but in areas prone to heavy, prolonged frost would be advisable to use frost protection until danger of frost has passed – usually mid to late May. 


I always pinch out the centre of each plant just before or shortly after transplanting into the ground. This will delay flowering, but the result is more numerous, strong stems on bushy plants.   Crop support will encourage the plants to grow upright stems and support them during periods of heavy wind. 


Regular harvesting will encourage further blooms.  For best vase life cut stems when bottom quarter to a third of flowers are open.   To encourage the plant to grow long, very usable stems take all cuts from as close as possible to the base of the plant.