How to Protect Foxglove 'Apricot Beauty'

How to Protect Foxglove 'Apricot Beauty' image by FoxNFlower/Flickr.com

Overview

Foxglove 'Apricot Beauty', or Digitalis purpurea, is a variety of Foxglove, a biennial plant. It can grow as tall as 6 feet in sun or partial shade. True to its name, apricot or coral-colored blooms appear in late spring to early summer. They grow on tall stalks are an majestic in appearance. Foxglove is a hardy plant that survives through the winter, but it is wise to take precautions to protect it. This will enhance the growth and appearance of the plant.

Step 1

Plant common foxglove in the late spring or early summer as opposed to planting the seed in the fall because this will give it enough time to strengthen if you live somewhere with cold winters. If the temperatures usually remain mild, plant the seed in the fall.

Step 2

Use a garden hoe to loosen the soil in the planting bed. Make holes with your fingertip that are a 1/4 inch deep.

Step 3

Space the holes 18 to 24 inches apart. Place one seed in each hole and cover with soil.

Step 4

Keep the soil relatively moist. Touch it daily to check the moisture content. Add water if it feels like it's drying out, which should be about every 2-3 days.

Step 5

Add straw or mulch to the planting bed in the fall in order to protect 'Apricot Beauty' from freezing temperatures. Place the mulch or straw to the crowns of the plants, meaning, around the roots and leaves of the foxglove.

Step 6

Watch for ragged holes in the flowers and leaves because they are caused by slugs or snails. If you see them, place shallow saucers of beer out to attract and drown the pests.

Step 7

Wait until twilight and pick the pests off the plant by hand, if you prefer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Flower, leaves and seeds of this plant are poisonous if ingested and can be fatal. Eating them may cause severe headache, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, vomiting, stomach pain, irregular and slow pulse, convulsions and unusual color visions.

Things You'll Need

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

References

  • Dave's Garden
  • Estabrook's
  • Witch's Brew
Keywords: foxglove, apricot beauty, Digitalis purpurea

About this Author

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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