A Complete guide on how to care for Foxglove flowers



Without been told this plant are eye-catching flowering plants. Foxglove plants are tall, slender plants with tubular blooms. Some of the varieties are biennials that live for only 2 growing seasons, although some of the species can survive as perennials in some climates. This particular plant is among the most poisonous plants commonly grown in home landscapes. Make sure you don’t grow them if small children or pets will be spending time in your yard.


Basic facts about the plant

The botanical name: The botanical name is digitalis purpurea.

The common name: The common names are witches glove, Foxglove, dead man's bells, fairy bells.

The plant type: The plant type is biennials.

The mature size: The mature size can reach about two to five feet tall, one to two feet wide.

The sun exposure: This plant needs full sun, partial sun, or partial shade.

The soil type: This plant will do very well in a well-draining, loamy soil.

The soil pH: Soil pH is between 4.5 to 8.3.

The bloom time: Bloom time is early summer months (also in late spring in warm zones)

The flower color: The flower colors are purple, pink, red, white, and yellow.

The USDA Hardiness Zone: This plant is suitable for USDA growing zones 4 through 10.

The plant native area: This plant is native to Europe and Northwest Africa.


Steps on how to grow Foxglove

The Light requirement: Make sure the plant is grown in full sun, partial sun, or partial shade. Once establish, they can really tolerate dry shade but not full shade. Make sure you tailor the amount of sunshine you give the plant to your climate. By peradventure if you live in the South, you can give it some shade. If you live in the North, you can grow them in a range of sunlight conditions, which is from full sun to partial shade, but they will perform best in partial sun.

The water requirement: This plant is susceptible to crown rot, so make sure you provide them with good drainage. Also keep the soil moist, but not too soaked. By peradventure if there is a dry period in the summer and it hasn't received one inch of rain in a week or the top two inches of soil is dry, you can water the plant with a drip hose.

The temperature and humidity: This plant tends to do better in cooler temperatures and it may wilt in temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Foxgloves do not actually have any humidity requirements. The Foxglove seeds will really germinate when temperatures reach between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you provide good air circulation for the plant by giving them sufficient spacing.

The fertilizer application: You can apply a three inch layer of mulch for winter protection if your region is borderline zone 4. Then also apply a one inch layer of compost around the plant in early spring to encourage plant growth. Under normal condition fertilizer is not necessary and excess nitrogen can really harm the flower growth. Although you can add a small handful of slow-release 5-10-5 fertilizer in the early spring. Make sure you scatter it around the plant and then water over the fertilizer to help it settle.


Some of the best varieties to grow

  1. The Goldcrest variety, it has yellow blooms.

 2. The D. obscura variety, it has orange flowers.

 3. The Candy Mountain variety, it really has bright, rosy-pink flowers that face upwards rather than nodding down.

 4. The D. grandiflora variety, it has large yellow flowers.

 5. The D. x mertonensis variety, this is a hybrid plant of D. purpurea and D. grandiflora with a very large, coppery-pink blossom.


The pruning of plant: This plant comes in different sizes and they should be spaced accordingly, under the general rule, it is really good to space them about two feet apart. Make sure you stake the taller types to actually prevent them from flopping over in a wind storm. Don’t deadhead these biennials if you actually want them to reseed for you.

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