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 Foxglove, First time planting this
nashvillegardener
Posted: Jun 23 2006, 09:48 AM
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I need some help with the foxglove. I read the description but I am unsure when to get the seeds from the plant and what to do with them until I need them. Any help would be appreciated!
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stone
Posted: Jun 23 2006, 11:00 AM
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Hello nashvillegardener,
Thanks for posting.
Foxglove seeds are ripe when the seed pod splits open. The seeds are as small as dust. I get good results by shaking them into a plastic bucket or large paper bag. You could alternatively clip the open seed-filled pod and dump the contents into a paper envelope. Never store seeds in plastic containers, any residual moisture molds and destroys the seed.

For best results, plant when fresh. I work up a 3 or 4 foot wide seed bed shovel deep or deeper and work in lots of manure/compost with a top dressing of more, and then make 3 or 4 shallow rows, finger wide down the length of the bed. sprinkle the seeds down the drills and don't cover. keep moist by misting daily or even more often.


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Midwestgardener
Posted: Oct 29 2012, 09:47 AM
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I know that this is an old thread but I have a problem with growing foxglove from seed. For the past two years I have winter sown foxglove seed in an area that is in dappled shade and is usually moist in the spring. It is under a black walnut tree but I have read that foxglove is not sensitive. I am in the Chicago-area. I have had zero germination, any thoughts or recommendations?
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Posted: Oct 29 2012, 05:26 PM
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Don't worry about the age of the threads...

Your question is a good one.

I have a couple of questions in return:
Are you planting the seeds fresh?

What kind of soil prep are you doing?

Are you waiting for it to turn cold before sowing?

When I sow foxglove, it's still hot... I sow as soon as the seed ripen.

I also prep the bed with lots of compost on top of the soil for the tiny seed to root into...
Finally, I water a bunch. Just enuff to moisten... With these tiny seed, we aren't going for the deep watering advocated for established plants.

I hope that I've posted some helpful guidelines...

Thanks for the post!

Edit: you say that you are planting in "dappled shade".
That could be the problem... Foxgloves need a good bit of light. Planting in too much shade will have poor result.
In my experience, foxgloves need as much light as columbines... (a couple hours of direct sunlight at least)
In Chicago, maybe try full sun.


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