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Foxglove 'Dalmatian Peach' F1 Hybrid

Digitalis purpurea

Hardy Biennial

Soft apricot coloured blooms delicately spotted with yellow cream markings make this beautiful digitalis particularly beguiling. Foxglove 'Dalmation Peach' produces well branched, compact, dwarf plants that flower surprisingly quickly in their first year from sowing. The upright flower spikes of this superb cottage garden perennial are ideal for adding height to the back of borders or planting en masses for an enchanting, informal bedding scheme. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 40cm (16").

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden, woodland garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July
Sowing Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June
Position:
sun or semi shade, dappled shade
    • 1 packet (12 foxglove seeds)

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    • £3.49

Sow Foxglove seeds from January to May on the surface of a good seed compost, and cover with a light sprinkling of compost of vermiculite. Place in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25C (64-77F) or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes 14-30 days. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged and do not exclude light, as this helps germination.

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3") pots and grow on in cooler conditions. When Digitalis plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting outdoors. Alternatively, over winter Foxglove plants in a cold frame and plant out the following spring after all risk of frost has passed. Plant Foxgloves at a distance of 45cm (18") apart in sun or dappled shade in any well drained soil. Although foxgloves prefer a fertile, moist soil, they will happily tolerate almost any soil except those that are excessively dry or waterlogged.

Water foxglove plants regularly until fully established. Foxgloves self-seed freely. If seedlings are not wanted, deadhead stems of foxglove flowers as the blooms fade. In autumn, cut back old stems to encourage plenty of new side shoots. Caution: All parts of foxgloves are toxic if eaten, and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin and eyes.

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