Now here is an old garden gem. Foxglove, also called Digitalis, has spikes of distinctive, freckle-throated bells that stud the flower stems. They provide a graceful, stately look in a partly shady garden. They are at home in the woodland or native garden and look well in the back of the home garden. If you’ve never tried grown Foxglove before, There’s no better time to start than this season. Use this guide to learn “How to Grow Foxglove Perennial Flowers”. Then, get growing Foxglove flowers.
They are natives of Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa.
Flowers Bloom: Min-summer
Flower Colors: Foxglove blooms include various shades of shell pink, rose, cream, and white, with contrasting freckles.
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet tall.
Caution: The leaves are poisonous. If you have children or pets, you might want to steer clear of this flower. The poisonous substance in the leaves is called Digitalis. You may recognize this as a chemical sometimes used in the treatment of heart disease.
Biennial or Perennials, Digitalis
Foxglove is started from seed. Sow Foxglove seed directly into your flower garden after all danger of frost. They can also be spread around fields as a wildflower.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8″ of garden soil. Give them plenty of room. the Final spacing should be 24″. We recommend sowing a few seeds every 24″, marking the position. Then, thin the seedlings to one after they have sprouted and grown an inch or two.
Days to Germination: 14 to 21 days.
Foxglove plants like full sun to partial shade. Fast-growing Foxglove will reach a height of 2 to 5 feet, depending upon the variety you have selected for your yard or woodlands area.
Foxglove will do well in average soils and cool weather. The soil needs to be kept moist to feed their quick growth. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Adding a general-purpose fertilizer once a month will result in bigger, fuller blooms.
Keep young plants well-weeded. After they have grown several inches, apply a thick layer of mulch to help keep weeds down and for a neat and tidy appearance.
Cut blooms just before they reach their peak. Place them in a vase and arrange with other flowers, or alone by themselves.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.5.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Insects and disease problems are not a major problem. If problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.