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How To Grow Foxglove From Seed

Foxglove is an attractive and easy-to-grow perennial flower that adds a pop of color to any garden. Growing foxglove from seeds is a great way to get started with this beautiful plant. In this article, we will discuss the steps involved in growing foxglove from seed, including when and how to sow the seeds, how to care for the young plants, and tips for getting the best results. With the right knowledge and a bit of patience, you can create a stunning garden with foxglove.

What Is Foxglove?

Foxglove is a popular choice for gardeners because of its attractive bell-shaped flowers. As well as its ability to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Foxglove is also a great choice for shady spots in the garden which can be difficult to fill with other flowers.


It is a hardy perennial and can be grown from seed, and it can spread quickly in a garden, adding texture and interest. Foxglove is also known for its medicinal properties and is sometimes used in natural remedies. Growing foxglove in a garden is an attractive and beneficial addition to any outdoor space.


The best time to grow foxglove in a garden is in spring. As this is when the seeds should be planted and the young plants should be transplanted. Planting in spring will also allow for plenty of growth over the summer months, giving you a colorful display of flowers during the peak of summer. You should also take into consideration that foxglove grows in USDA hardiness zones 4-9.


Additionally, foxglove plants will provide a long bloom season, from late spring to late summer. When planting foxglove, make sure to give it plenty of space to grow, as it can become quite tall and will spread out quickly. With the right care, foxglove plants will give your garden an elegant and colorful touch for many seasons to come.


Growing Foxglove From Seed – Starting Indoors

When starting indoors, it is important to use soil that is well-draining and high in organic matter. A good soil mixture for growing foxglove from seeds indoors would include one part potting soil, one part perlite, and one part compost or aged manure. This soil combination will ensure the soil retains enough moisture for germination and drainage, while the organic matter will provide the necessary nutrients for the foxglove to thrive.


Additionally, to encourage germination, the soil should be kept consistently moist. Once the plants have emerged, they should be moved to a well-lit area and watered regularly.


The best time to start foxglove seeds indoors is in late winter or early spring. To ensure the best germination rate, use a sterile, soilless potting mix and keep the soil temperature between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep, cover lightly with soil, and water the soil. Place the container in a warm area with indirect light and keep the soil moist.


Germination can take up to two weeks, so be patient. Once the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, it is time to transplant them into individual containers. When the weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed, it is time to transplant the foxglove seedlings outdoors.


When To Transplant Foxglove Seedlings Outdoors

Part of growing foxglove from seed is knowing exactly when to plant outdoors. Foxglove seedlings should be transplanted outdoors when they are at least 4 inches tall, ideally in late spring when the ground is warm and the temperatures are mild.


The ideal soil temperature for transplanting is between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If planting in the fall, wait until the soil has cooled to 50 degrees or lower. Before transplanting, make sure the soil is moist and the seedlings have been hardened off for a week or two. Plant the seedlings in a sunny or partially shaded area with well-draining soil, and water them well after transplanting.

Foxglove seedlings require special care after transplanting to ensure long-term success in the garden. To begin with, provide adequate water to the newly transplanted seedlings to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Mulching the soil around the seedlings can also help keep the soil moist. As well as protecting the seedlings from extreme temperature fluctuations.

The seedlings should also be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to ensure they receive sufficient nutrients. Planting the seedlings in an area where they will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day will help ensure healthy growth. Finally, pruning off any dead or damaged foliage and deadheading spent flowers will help encourage new growth and will keep the foxglove looking its best.

Monitor For Pests And Diseases

However, like any other plant, it is susceptible to pests and diseases that can cause harm and even death. It is important to monitor newly planted foxglove for signs of pests and diseases that can affect their health. Common signs of pests and diseases include discoloration of leaves, wilting, and a decrease in the number of flowers.

It is also important to inspect the leaves and stems for any signs of insect infestation or fungal growth. It is best to take preventive measures such as using insect repellents, fungicides, and mulching to reduce the risk of pests and diseases. Regular monitoring and prompt interventions are essential for ensuring the health of your foxglove.

Pruning foxglove is essential to maintain its health and vigor, as well as its attractive appearance. To prune foxglove, begin by removing any dead or damaged stems at the base of the plant. Then, cut back the flower stalks to their base after the flowers have wilted, leaving the foliage intact. This will encourage new blooms and a fuller plant.

Avoid pruning in late summer or fall, as this will remove the flower buds that will bloom the following year. Finally, prune the foliage in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth and keep the plant healthy.

And that’s all there is to know about growing foxglove from seed!

Cody Medina
Small Scale Farmer
Hi there! I'm Cody, a staff writer here at The Garden Magazine and a small-scale farmer living in Oregon. I've been gardening most of my life and now live on a quarter-acre farmstead with chickens, ducks, and a big garden.