How to Protect Foxglove 'Primrose Carousel'

How to Protect Foxglove 'Primrose Carousel' image by pchgorman/Flickr.com

Overview

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) 'Primrose Carousel' is a variety of the biennial plant, Foxglove. It grows to be up to 4 feet in height, in sun to partial shade. Unlike the common foxglove, which usually has pink pr purple flowers, the 'Primrose Carousel' boasts pale yellow flowers that grow from tall stalks. They bloom from late spring to mid summer. Foxglove are hardy and tend to do well in the winter, but it will benefit the plant if you protect it from freezing temperatures and pests.

Step 1

Plant Foxglove 'Primrose Carousel' in the late spring or early summer to give it time to become strong enough to survive winter, if you live in a cold climate. If your winters are mild, plant the seeds in the autumn.

Step 2

Use a garden hoe to loosen the soil in the planting area. Create 1/4 inch deep holes with your fingertip.

Step 3

Place one seed in each hole and cover with soil. Don't pack the soil down because the seeds need sunlight to germinate.

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

Protect 'Primrose Carousel' from freezing temperatures by adding a layer of mulch or straw on top of the bed. Concentrate it around the crowns of the plant. This will protect the roots enough so they can bloom again next year.

Step 6

Keep slugs and snails away. Watch for ragged holes in the flowers and leaves. If you see them, place shallow saucers of beer out to attract and drown them. You may also choose to pick them off by hand at twilight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not ingest the flowers, leaves or seeds of the Digitalis species. They are poisonous can be fatal. Ingestion may cause convulsions, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, severe headache, irregular and slow pulse, unusual color visions and tremors.

Things You'll Need

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

References

  • Dave's Garden
  • Witch's Brew
  • Estabrook's
Keywords: foxglove, primrose carousel, Digitalis purpurea

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