Pantaloons Foxglove Seeds
You may recognize those maroon spots inside the bloom -- Pantaloons is a descendent of the beloved Pam's Choice.
If you're familiar with the favorite Pam's Choice, you'll recognize the coloring of Pantaloons. The exterior of each petal is pure white, while the inside is a richly spotted and speckled wash of dark maroon. Such an unusual combination in the garden -- not to mention in the Foxglove family!
Where the change comes in is the shape of the petals. Instead of each bloom being one continuous, long tubular petal, like every other Foxglove in the world (that's how the plant is said to have gotten its name: the blooms look like "fox's gloves" or "folks' [fairies] gloves"), Pantaloons offers flowers split up the sides into 4 long, even strips! The segments flutter in the breeze, revealing the maroon spotting within. On a blustery day they look like waving handkerchiefs! There's never been anything like it!
Needless to say, Pantaloons knocked 'em dead at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show, and we're delighted to be able to bring them to you so quickly. What's more, if you start the seeds early (in late winter in your Bio-Dome or other seed-starter), you'll get blooms the FIRST YEAR! How's that for instant gratification, and from an inexpensive seed instead of a pricey new plant!
Pantaloons was not rushed to market, and you'll see its good breeding in two factors: the flower production is very heavy, and the plant habit is neat and compact. It branches from the base of the plant, giving you more flowering stems than the average Foxglove. (Nothing about this plant is average!) Expect it to reach 3 to 4 feet high in bloom, and up to 2 feet wide. In moderate and warm climates, the flowers will begin before spring is over; in colder areas, you'll see them in earliest summer. Either way, they last for many weeks, slowly opening from the bottom to the top of every glorious flowering stalk! You will LOVE this Foxglove!
Let's go over the sow-and-grow info so that you make the most of every Pantaloons seed. This variety needs light to germinate, so if you're using a seed flat, cover the seeds very lightly with medium. If you've got the Bio-Dome, you can't go wrong -- place the seed on the hole or on top of the Bio-Sponge right next to the hole; your choice. Germinate them at 65 to 85 degrees F, and expect it to take between 2 weeks and a month; Foxglove always makes you wait! (Start the seeds a bit earlier than you'd think, just in case.) Then grow them on at room temperature, and transplant when all danger of frost is past. They love a bit of afternoon shade in temperate and warm climates, but prefer full sun farther north. Be prepared for this one to wow you -- save a few plants to put in the cutting garden, if you can, because you're going to want to admire Pantaloons up close in the vase! Pkt is 50 seeds.
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|ItemForm||(P) Pkt of 50 seeds|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Late Summer|
|PlantHeight||3 ft - 4 ft|
|PlantWidth||18 in - 24 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions|
|BloomColor||Dark Maroon, Multi-Color, White|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
Digitalis Germination Information
How to Sow Digitalis:
- For best results, sow indoors, leaving the seeds uncovered
- Maintain a temperature of 68-70° F during germination
- Germinates in 15-20 days
- Plants started early will bloom the first of the year
- When sowing outdoors, barely covering the seeds, anytime in spring or summer up to two months before first fall frost for blooms the following year
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Digitalis:
Spacing: Space 15-24 inches apart in a rich, loose soil with excellent drainage in partial shade
Watering: Water during extended dry periods
Additional Care: Mulch well beneath the foliage. Removing the dead flower stalks may encourage rebloom
Appearance and Use:
Excellent source of flowers for cutting, Foxglove is grown in borders, as a background planting or in woodland areas. Digitalis also has medicinal value. Upright plants have 1- to 6- foot spikes of 1- to 3-inch, nodding, bell-shaped blooms of white, yellow, pink, purple, or red sometimes speckled. Serrated, mid-green foliage is lance-shaped and can be glossy or hairy
Origination: Scrophulariaceae; native to Europe, Northwest Africa, and Central Asia
Common Name: Foxglove
Warning: The foliage is toxic
Which plants should I grow to repel insects?Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.
Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.
Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).
Superior Germination Through Superior SciencePark Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.
First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.
Superior Standards - University InspectedTo make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.
Hand Packed By Experienced TechniciansPark Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.
When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.
The Park Seed Gold StandardAnd many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier. When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds? It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.
What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.
Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).
Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.
What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them? Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.
What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.
How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.
How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.