Foxglove Info and Care: Guide

Foxglove Info and Care: Guide

Foxglove is a flower that grows all over the world and it’s very easy to grow in the garden.

It is a plant that has many interesting properties and uses, so if you’re interested in knowing more about foxgloves, then read on. This article will provide you with all the info you need.

Foxglove is a biennial flower that belongs to the genus Digitalis of the plant family Plantaginaceae. It is also known as fairy foxglove, fairy gloves, and fairy fingers.

Names like that come from the flower’s tubular form and the fact that it is used for medicinal purposes by traditional healers all over the world. 

The details on how to grow this plant, pruning, propagating, and more will be discussed in detail.

Foxglove Care

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Basic Foxglove Info:

The name ‘foxglove’ was given to this beautiful flower because it looks like the paw of a Fox. It comes from the borage family and it belongs to the genus Digitalis and the species purpurea. 

Foxgloves can reach over 1.5 meters. The flowers are usually pink, orange, or white-colored and they usually grow up to 10 cm in diameter. The most popular color is purple.

Foxglove has so many types, some of them are mentioned below:

Digitalis ferruginea – (Rusty foxglove)

Rusty Foxglove

Digitalis parviflora – (Small-Flowered Foxglove)

Digitalis Parviflora

Digitalis purpurea – (Lady’s glove)

Lady's Glove Foxglove

Lighting Requirements:

This plant is quite adaptable and it can grow in light shade to full sun. If you have a shady garden, then plant it in a place that receives morning sun, because this is the best time for it to receive the light it needs. 

But if you have a garden with full sun all day, then plant it in a place where you can protect it from the harsh afternoon sun.

Watering Requirements:

Foxgloves are very easy to water, as they require a fair amount of water to grow. Wait until the soil is dry and water it until the water drains out. Avoid wetting the leaves as that can lead to spots and mold.

Temperature Requirements:

Foxgloves can tolerate many climates, but they do require cool, moist conditions. In fact, when planted in the garden, the foliage will die back in the summer, especially if the temperature becomes too hot. 

If you want to keep your plant alive, keep it indoors or in a cool place outside your house. The good news is that once the temperature becomes more stable in the fall, the plant will start growing again.

Overall, foxgloves require a temperature range of between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius in order to grow, so it’s important that you don’t keep them in places that get too cold or too warm.

Soil Requirements:

Foxglove is a fairly hardy plant, so it can grow in different types of soil and it can adapt to different types of soil, as long as the soil is well-drained and it is not too acidic. It can grow in clay soil as well as sandy soil or even in rocky soil. It can tolerate a wide range of soil pH and can grow in acidic or alkaline soil. It will grow in any soil with a pH of 5.5 to 8.0. 

Flowering Period:

The foxglove’s blooming period is between July and September, but they can also be found in the wild all through the winter or in the spring.

8,000 Foxglove Mix Seeds (Digitalis Purpurea) - by Seeds2Go
  • Perennial ornamental, outstanding with its tall spires of tubular, purple flowers reaching over 60" tall.
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer
  • These beautiful flowers bloom in shades of cream, rose, lavender & white.
  • Preferable habitat: stony hillsides, forest margins, roadsides, wasteland, and gardens
  • Foxglove seeds need light to germinate, scatter the seeds on the top of the soil, with 1" space

Pruning:

Usually, you will want to prune your foxgloves in the early spring, so that you can get the most blooms from them. Make sure to prune them as soon as all the blooms have faded so that you don’t miss any new flower buds. Also, you won’t cut off any new blooms that are forming right at the time.

Propagating:

You can propagate the foxglove by seeds, cuttings, divisions, and by layering. The best way to start growing foxgloves seeds is to do it indoors (around March-April). After the seeds have germinated, use a seed tray and put the seeds in it. The seeds will germinate in about 14 days. The location must be sunny and the soil needs to be moist (not too wet) for good germination.

Division:

Digitalis Purpurea

The foxglove is a spreading plant that can be divided easily in the spring. You don’t have to worry about it because the plant can spread all by itself. Just give it a little room to do so and you will soon have a beautiful garden full of foxgloves.

Prepare For Winter:

When fall and winter arrive, foxglove will begin to go into a dormant phase until the warm days of spring appear again. At this time the plant requires less water and you won’t have to fertilize it anymore. If you keep your plant in a container outdoors, you’ll have to move it to a warm and sunny spot, preferably sheltered from strong wind.

Common Pests and Diseases:

Plants in the Digitalis family are highly susceptible to insect and pest attacks since they don’t have a chemical protection system. It is advisable to remove the affected leaves and if that doesn’t work then apply a suitable powder or spray.

Final Thoughts:

Foxglove is a beautiful plant that is loved by many gardeners because of its sweet and delicate look. You can grow it easily in your garden and even in pots. It is a very useful plant that has many health benefits, so you should definitely try growing it if you haven’t already.

There are different types of foxgloves and each one is unique in its own way. Even though they are beautiful and have some interesting properties, they must be handled carefully. 

So, if you want to grow this plant in your house then you should follow all the tips and instructions given above to have an excellent experience with foxglove.

We hope that this article helped you in learning about foxglove.

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