How to take care of snapdragons?
This article will help you:
What USDA zones do snapdragons grow in?
Snapdragons can be grown as an annual in nearly any growing zone, but can overwinter in zones 7-11.
Here are some links with more information.
I live in Austin Texas. Found Snapdragons on clearance. Can I plant them in partial shade to Make it through the summer?
How doesn't love clearance plants?!
You can certainly give it a try, though extreme heat will take a tole on Snapdragons. Keep them in a shady area and the soil moisture level always moist.
I have a Snapdragon plant that who was just starting to pop up out of the dirt and my kids knocked it off of the stand now it just looks like a bunch of strings in the dirt I was wondering if I could save this in any way
If the blossoms were knocked off of your flower, they will not grow back.
The plant itself can certainly grow more flower stems. Cut off the damaged parts of the plant and continue to care for it.
When I cut off the stalk of dead blooms, can I then plant the round balls (assume it contains seed} to get more plants?
To save the seed, wait until the balls, or seed heads, turn brown. A hole will start to open up or you'll seed a crack forming. While they are green, the seeds aren't ripe yet. When you should sow the seed depends on where you live as the seed will not usually survive a cold, zone 4-5 winter. I'm in 5b-6a and usually scatter the seed in the fall. Actually, I don't harvest seed until the fall, removing the earlier spent bloom spikes before seed formation to promote further blooming.
My snapdragons bloomed very late and we're expecting frost and very cold temps this week. Can I collect the almost mature green pods and bring them in the house to dry them out? Will the seeds be viable for next year...can I take them out now and get them into the ground before it freezes or should I wait till spring to sprinkle them around? Some of the pods a the top are turning brown but further down the stem they are still green as in the photo below.
You could do either. I would recommend planting them in early spring, though. You can collect the fully dry seeds, for sure. The green pods may have some viable seeds, but the numbers will be significantly reduced. Here are two articles that you will find helpful.
I live in Zone 8, which is Central Texas and I just purchased and planted a bunch of lovely snapdragons outside in a pot. Today is March 7, 2017 and it is supposed to be 40 degrees tonight. Will these plants be OK or should I cover them? I don't know how to send photos and I am DEAF so you cannot call me.
Snapdragons can tolerate a light frost, so 40 degrees should be fine.
Your plants may not grow much in the cool weather. You can put some hardwood mulch around the plants to help keep the soil warm.