Surface sow and press in lightly; requires light to germinate.
Recommended: 10-12 weeks before last frost, sow in germinating mix; covering flat with humidity dome to retain moisture while seeds germinate. Keep at 60-65°F.
Direct sow after last spring frost until early summer. Will bloom the following year.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A hybrid foxglove that will likely bloom the first year from a late winter indoors sowing, unlike traditional varieties. Compact and upright in growth, it is right at home in the exuberance of the June garden border and is a good cut flower too. Remove faded flowers and avoid wet winter soils to encourage a following season of bloom. Poisonous if eaten. Use gloves and caution when handling.
Water regularly—1" per week, more during particularly dry spells. Keep evenly moist, never saturated nor too dry for the best growth and flowering.
Acidic to mildly alkaline.
Mix about 2" of compost into the soil at time of planting, and top-dress next spring with about 1".
Diseases & Pests:
Slugs can be troublesome. Prevent damage by sprinkling iron phosphate pellets on the ground around the plants during favorable conditions for slugs. Avoid powdery mildew and leaf spot with proper spacing in a location that has good air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when about half of the florets are open.