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Rusty Foxglove [Digitalis ferruginea]

Rusty Foxglove [Digitalis ferruginea]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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The rusty foxglove is a biennial wild perennial and medicinal plant native to various regions from Italy to Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as Syria and Lebanon. Medicinally, substances are extracted from the leaves to support treatments such as heart failure, atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmias. From the rosette of leaves that emerged in the first year, the impressive flowers appear in the second year, which are visited by many species of bees and bumblebees and are an eye-catcher in the garden. The plant is poisonous and not suitable for consumption.

General information
Plant family: Plantaginaceae
Life cycle: Biennial
Days to harvest: 160 days
Plant height approx.: 150 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium eater
Water requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: Up to -18 °C
Location: Sunny until semi shady
Soil: Permeable, dry, loamy, humus

pH value: 5.5 to 6.5

Sowing and planting information
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 15-18 °C
Germination time: 7-21 days
Plant and row spacing: 40x40 cm

Optimal mixed culture: 
Unfavorable mixed culture: 

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from February to May or in autumn from September to October or pre-cultivate in small pots from February to May or in autumn from September to October.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly outdoors from March to May or in late summer from July to August or pre-cultivate in small pots from March to May or in late summer from July to August..

Sow directly in rows or spread out. When pre-cultivating, sow the seeds in small pots and let the seedlings grow to the first visible foxglove leaves. Then plant the pregrown plants from the pots directly into the open field. The seedlings are planted in the bed from the 2nd pair of leaves after the cotyledons.
Foxglove prefers a sunny location with rather dry, permeable, nutrient-rich, humus and loamy soil. Prepare the soil with seasoned animal manure. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
To keep the plants three years, cut off the spent inflorescences after flowering in the second year, so that they will sprout again with slightly smaller flowers the following year. The species is self-seeding. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
It spreads via seeds.

Plant care
Fertilize a little with plant manure in spring from the second year onwards to encourage stronger sprouting.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-3 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Digitalis ferruginea
English names: Rusty Foxglove
German names: Rostfarbener Fingerhut, Braunroter Fingerhut, Rotbrauner Fingerhut, Rostiger Fingerhut
Portuguese names: Dedaleira ferrugem, Dedaleira enferrujada
Spanish names: Dedalera oxidada
French names: Digitale rouillée

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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