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Foxglove, Rose Shades

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Blooms like crazy! Needs no care at all!

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Dramatic minarets of pale to deep pink appear suddenly in the late spring garden. They bloom so heavily and need so little care, no garden should be without them. A sunny spot is fine, but they are unbeatable in half shade. CAUTION: Foxgloves are poisonous if eaten.
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4-8

Sun

Full Sun

Height

30 inches

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18-24 inches

Bloom Season

Spring

Resistant To

Deer, Rabbit

Ornamental Use

Borders, Cut Flowers

Planting Time

Spring, Summer

Genus

Digitalis

Life Cycle

Perennial

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    Foxglove: Indoor or Direct Sow or Potted Plant Perennial

    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. For perennials, 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 perennials 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
    Height
    30 inches
    Spread
    18-24 inches
    Bloom Season
    Spring
    Resistant To
    Deer, Rabbit
    Ornamental Use
    Borders, Cut Flowers
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Genus
    Digitalis
    Life Cycle
    Perennial