Growing a Foxglove in a Container
Foxglove is a beautiful biennial plant that produces colorful, bell shaped flowers in its second year. Due to its tall structure, flxglove is commonly associated with cottage gardens. The plants average between 2 and 5 feet tall. They can be grown in a variety of areas, including flower beds, walkways, around trees, and even in containers. They like the sun, but will do alright in a shady area, especially in warmer climates. They prefer rich, well-drained soil.
In the first year of a foxglove's life it will produce a clump of dark green foliage. The second year, it will produce flowers, but after the flowers are gone, the plant will die. Luckily, the foxglove produces plenty of seeds, and will easily grow again if the seeds are left to fall.
If you decide to include a foxglove in a container combination, it will provide a wonderful vertical accent. It can be grown with a variety of other plants. You can start a foxglove from a seed, or you can buy a mature plant from a nursery or garden center. If you begin with a seed, remember that you won't have blooms the first year. If you want blooms right away, buy the mature plant.
Step 1- Choose a Container
Decide if you will be growing the foxglove by itself or in a planter with other flowers. Make sure you have a large enough container, because a mature foxglove will be up to 5 feett tall—maybe more—and 1 foot in diameter. If you are planting it with other plants, plan it out just as you would a garden. Make sure not to crowd the plants, as this could cause leaf spot. The foxglove will be the tallest plant, so it should be placed in the back. Know what you will put where and how much room it will need. Also, make sure you have a system in place to assure the planter has good drainage. If it is a large planter, decide where you will keep it, because once it has soil and flowers, it will be difficult to move. Consider the plants full height and how to keep it protected. Also consider support requirements.
Step 2- Prepare the Soil
The foxglove needs a humus-rich soil, so make sure you have the soil prepared in advance. Make sure the plants you have chosen to accompany the foxglove have similar requirements.
Step 3- Plant
When you are ready to plant, dig a hole that is big enough to accommodate the plant and the dirt that is already with it. It is a good idea to add compost to the hole before placing the plant. When the plant is in the planter, push dirt into the hole around it to keep it supported. Water it as soon as everything is planted.
Step 4- Support
If you don't have the planter near a form of support, use a stake or a straightened hanger as support for the plant.
Step 5- Cut Back Spent Flowers
When the blooms fade, cut them away to encourage new shoots to sprout and bloom again.