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Re: foxglove

Thanks, I think since I received a fairly generous amount, I will try both
methods mentioned...plant some once this 90+ weather goes away, if ever,
and keep some to plant in late spring.   We have had not a drop of rain
since the first of the month and 90+ degreee weather almost everyday...what
stress on plants!!!  If this trend keeps up, we will definitely be moved to
a new heat zone.  I haven't kept track but we must have had several weeks
in a row of temperatures above 860.

> [Original Message]
> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/14/2007 8:36:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] foxglove
> Re starting foxglove seeds, they're pretty easy.  I don't get full 
> germination, but a satisfying amount.  I started Digitalis purpurea ssp. 
> heywoodii Silver Fox this spring and they are huge now.  I expect they'll 
> flower next year.
> This from Suite 101:  Propagation Methods: Foxgloves are easy to start by 
> seed indoors about 10 weeks before last frost date.
> This from my seed instruction files:  Sow late spring outdoors 1/16in
> in drills 12in apart. Keep the soil damp until germ(18 dys @ 60-65 ) Thin 
> seedlings to 6in apart when large enough. Transplant 18in apart into 
> flowering site in the autumn for flow-ering the following year. Will grow
> most soils and prefer part shade.
> T&M says:  Germinate at 15-18C (59-64F) on the surface of a good 
> free-draining, damp seed compost. Apply a fine sprinkling of vermiculite
> that the seed is just covered. Place in a propagator or seal container 
> inside a polythene bag, until after germination which usually takes 14-30 
> days.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] foxglove
> > Thanks, I know I will love them...I have a number of things that aren't
> > real showy but very pretty and I have also learned to appreciate leaves 
> > and
> > their texture and color.  One of my neighbors commented that I have a
> > jungle...so true, and now I am trying to do some prunning and weeding. 
> > is too hot to transfer things.
> >
> > I think I am at the point where I need to be more selective in certain
> > beds.  It is difficult for me to take out some of my volunteers but know
> > that it must be done to have attractive beds.  I have several that I'm 
> > very
> > pleased with and others that are a hodgepogue that need work.
> >
> >
> >> [Original Message]
> >> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Date: 8/14/2007 5:58:29 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] foxglove
> >>
> >> Bonnie, I don't know what to tell you.  I have never started these
> >> myself.  They were here when we moved here, and just reseed.
> >> Since the seeds are falling now, I would guess that they should
> >> be started now, but I don't see seedlings coming up in the fall.
> >> Maybe, just put them out in a protected place and mark the spot
> >> to look for them next spring.  They probably won't bloom the first
> >> year, but they will come back pretty dependably after that.
> >> I hope you aren't disappointed with these - they don't really
> >> look like the ordinary foxgloves.  I love them, but they aren't
> >> really showy.
> >> Good luck with them.
> >> Auralie
> >>
> >> In a message dated 08/14/2007 4:04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> >> holmesbm@usit.net writes:
> >>
> >> Auralie, Thanks so much for the yellow floxglove seeds. I have always
> >> used seedlings, my foxglove are white) so am a little uncertain about
> >> when to start these. When do you usually plant the seeds? Here,
> >> blooms late spring/early summer, depending on our weather, so I'm
> >> thinking of putting some seeds out now to see if they do well with
> >> cooler winter temperatures.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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