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daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

May 21, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8577790

Does anyone grow Digitalis hybrida Candy Mountain. Have you had luck with it over wintering? Do you have any tips on planting digitalis? I ordered some to try in my zone 4 garden. I have tried foxgloves over the years and the only one to survive is Digitalis grandiflora Ambigua. I am hoping Candy Mountain will make it here love the look of this one. Photo from Romence Gardens.



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pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2011
8:12 PM

Post #8578500

I have grown digitalis the past two years from seed, but not candy mountain. I have camelot and excelsior. Candy mountain is supposed to be good up to zone 4. If it isn't hardy enough, keep in mind that camelot will bloom the first year if you start it early inside.
Elsa123
Pretoria
South Africa

May 21, 2011
10:54 PM

Post #8578711

I grew Candy Mountain from seed a few years back (when T&M launched the seed). It flowered the second year as it should have, but none of the seed I collected, germinated. It was however a lovely plant to have. A real show-stopper.
daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

May 23, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8582346

I will keep your advise in mind and enjoy them when they bloom.
pgt
Chalfont, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 23, 2011
2:09 PM

Post #8582469

Pennefeather, since you have both, which do you like better: camelot or excelsior?
pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

May 23, 2011
2:52 PM

Post #8582569

I can't honestly tell the difference when I plant them. I forget which is which. However, camelot is easier to start from seed than excelsior.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 26, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8589146

Somehow I ended up with a lot of white foxglove seeds this winter so that is my first attempt at growing foxglove so we'll see how that does and if it survives. I have to remember next year that foxglove seeds are very tiny and to sow lightly to avoid HOS.
Candy Mountain is on my wish list for 2012. Has anybody ever sown the Candy Mountain or any variety of foxglove in the Fall so they get some Spring blooms?
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8590991

Candy mountain flowers face up and should be about 3-4ft tall. Excelsior tends to be taller and the flowers do not face up...

Excelsior for me was 5-6 feet tall.

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psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

May 29, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8595038

Oh Carolyn, THOSE are beautiful!
seaotter301
Elmhurst, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8702729

Carolyn22 -how did you grow these to be so darn full? I am new to gardening - do foxglove only bloom every other year?

On an unrelated note - I have Camelot and they are simply stunning. Do you clip the dead stuff after blooming and how many times will they rebloom?

See...told you I was a newbie!

Thanks for any info
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
3:44 AM

Post #8703060

I am growing Camelot this year and love it! Does anyone know if it re-seeds well? If not, I will be ordering more seeds.
Dee
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2011
5:06 AM

Post #8703117

Pat - I truly have no idea how they got to be so full. I was just lucky with these. They are biennials, so they produce leaves the first year and flower then go to seed the following year. I don't usually get a lot of reflowering on my foxglove.

Dee - Camelot does reseed quite well. I have one now that is going to seed.
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8703663

Thanks, for your reply Carolyn. I'm happy to hear that. I planted them in several different spots in the yard in hopes that they would reseed.I love foxgloves, and these have done great.
Dee

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