Digitalis seed cold period?

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

I am thinking about sowing some digitalis seed in my garden this year along with Winter Sowing some seed. I would like to plant it out like one would poppy seed - in later winter or perhaps like larkspur--now.
Does this seed need to go through a cold period before sowing?
Can one plant this seed in fall or winter? or does it have to be sown in the spring when the weather warms up? I just have more time in the fall than I do in the spring. Even though I have good success winter sowing digitalis, I struggle getting the plants out after they are big enough to transplant. It would be nice if I could just sow the seed in my garden.
I have grown digitalis for three years now, but I never get any plants to come from seed from the mother plants. I have always had to WS this seed.

Büllingen, Belgium(Zone 6b)

You can sow Digitalis seed the year round in your garden. They will germinate with and without a cold period.


Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Thanks. I found a really neat article on what can be planted in the fall. There's actually a lot of plants one can sow in the fall. I wish I had some of the seeds!

Elmira, NY(Zone 6a)

If you try surface sowing the seeds, they will come up gangbusters. I've grown all sorts of species of digitalis and have never had a problem germinating them just by surface sowing in peat pellets, keep in a cool room under lights in late winter for an early start, or start them outside in a sheltered area in spring. I always grow them as transplants, though. My foxgloves have started volunteers, but typically a small seed like this is easier to start from transplants, IME.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Para: yes I have always grown the digitalis via pots and transplanted. I was just thinking of skipping that step and direct sow outdoors. The seed is so small.

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