How to Protect Foxglove 'Pam's Choice'

Foxglove image by Katie-Rose/Flickr.com

Overview

Foxglove 'Pam's Choice' or Digitalis purpurea is a biennial that grows to be three to four feet tall and 12 to 16 inches wide. The large white flowers have dark maroon interiors or spots. They grow on tall stalks and bloom in late spring or early summer. The plant needs four to six hours of sunlight per day and moist soil to thrive. It should be protected from freezing temperatures, snails and slugs.

Step 1

Plan to plant Pam's Choice foxglove in the late spring or early summer to give it time to become strong enough to survive freezing temperatures. This will ensure that it will bloom again the following year.

Step 2

Loosen the soil with garden tools such as a hoe. Place seeds about a one-fourth of an inch deep into the planting bed and cover with soil. Don't pack it down because the seeds need some sunlight to germinate.

Step 3

Keep the soil relatively moist. Touch it daily to check the moisture content and add water if it feels like it's drying out. It's best to water foxglove every two to three days.

Step 4

Protect the plant during the winter by adding a layer of mulch or straw on top of the bed in the late fall. This will benefit the winter hardiness so the plant blooms again next year.

Step 5

Keep slugs and snails away because they will damage the plant. Watch for ragged holes in the flowers and leaves.

Step 6

Place shallow saucers of beer out to attract and drown the slugs and snails. Another option is to pick them off by hand at twilight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pam's Choice Foxglove is poisonous if consumed by humans.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoe
  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Mulch or straw
  • Saucers
  • Beer

References

  • Dave's Garden
  • FineGardening.com
  • Witch's Brew

Who Can Help

  • Estabrook's: Types of Foxglove
Keywords: pam's choice, foxglove, Digitalis purpurea

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Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.

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