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Foxglove, Foxy Mixed Colors

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The first foxglove bred to bloom the first year.

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This All-America Selections winner is the first foxglove bred to bloom the first year, 5 months from sowing. Dense spikes of trumpet flowers with distinctly speckled throats. A pastel blend of rose, lavender, cream, yellow and white. Bears up to 9 dense spikes per plant, only 2-3 feet tall. CAUTION: Foxglove is poisonous if eaten.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Rabbit

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How to Sow and Plant

Foxglove may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow seeds indoors in late winter.
  • Barely cover with seed-starting formula.
  • Keep the soil moist at 60-65 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days
  • Keep evenly moist
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun to part shade with moist, organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 18 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in rich, moist soil in part shade to full sun after danger of frost.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 14-21 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 18 inches apart when large enough to handle.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. An organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting plants off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • In general there is no need for staking
  • Mulch after the ground freezes in fall to prevent heaving in winter. Christmas tree branches work well for this. Remove mulch in spring when new growth appears.

Growing Tips

  • Leave some flowers on the plant to set seeds, then collect and spread them wherever you want new plants.
  • Foxgloves are classic late-spring plants for cottage gardens and other informal plantings. They are at home in woodland gardens and make attractive accents at the back of mixed borders.
  • Combine foxgloves with bleeding hearts, hardy geraniums, astilbes, catmints, and bellflowers in a bed or border. In a woodland garden, combine foxglove with hostas, ferns and wild blue phlox.
  • Foxgloves make excellent cut flowers.
  • Note that foxgloves are poisonous if eaten.
Zone
4-8
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
24-36 inches
Spread
12-18 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Digitalis
Life Cycle
Perennial
Foxglove, Foxy Mixed Colors is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deer left them alone! The were quite lovely, very prolific. Can't give five stars because they were all of one color and did not bloom the first year though they were started early indoors. Still, I'm growing them again.
Date published: 2014-09-18
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