Nation of Gardeners results: Antirrhinum Purple Twist F1

antirrhinum purple twistAntirrhinum Purple Twist F1 is breed of snap dragons newly introduced by Mr Fothergills for 2014.  It performed well in trials at Kentford in 2013 and is set to be a fun addition to the annual border with the purple flowering spikes flecked and striped with white.  The plants grow to a height of 40 inches and is a half hardy perennial that can also be used for bedding when treated as a half hardy annual.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Antirrhinum Purple Twist F1 in January 2014 to check for performance of these newly introduced seeds.   The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 26 January 3 February The Antirrhinum showed germination of 80% (16/20 seedings to seeds)  Day 1 planted 20 seeds, Day 8: 5 seedlings, Day10: 15 seedlings, Day 16: 16 seedlings. V slow growth
Renfrewshire 28m 18 January 23 February Pot placed on heated propagator mat.  Good germination rate although lost a few to damping off.  Seedlings still tiny as at 23/2/14 – around 0.5 inches tall
North Devon 30-50m 22 January 3 February Sown on South East facing windowsill – no added heat source.  19 seedlings emerged.  14/3/14: Still growing all seedlings, but very slow progress
Worcestershire 55m 27 January 9 February 10 seedlings appeared on 9/2/14 but only 4 survived. By 17/2 only 4 seedlings left.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 17 January Sown outside in caravan at 13C, south east facing.
Bristol 55m 30 January 3 February Sown in a south facing room
Suffolk 6m 21 January 26 January Sown into propagator at 22 degrees.
Hertfordshire 150m 26 January 17 February Sown in west facing room
Surrey 58m 26 January 20 February Soil mixed with fine dry sand 17c, room 16c, south west facing.  20 February: Strong seedlings (18 in total), developing 2nd set of leaves 23 February: Transplanted to single cell pots
Pontypridd 157m 27 January 6 February Strong seedlings.  23 February: potted on to individual cells
Buckinghamshire 66m 22 January 16 February Thought they had failed to germinate. However found 2 germinated seedlings on 16 February
Guildford 56m 28 January Sown on windowsill in unheated propagator.  Slow to germinate. 5 March: Excellent germination and looking strong
Gloucestershire 74m 21 January 26 January
Moray 14 February Sowed onto East facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 241m 19 January 25 January Heated propagator to germinate 6 Feb: Looking very feeble and as if they will die any second. Flopped over unable to support the two small leaves on the hair thin stalk. 15 Feb: all dead.

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