Fingerborgsblomma "Elsie Kelsey" - Digitalis purpurea.
Special Features: Creamy white bell flowers with very unusual, deep burgundy splotched throats.
History: Species has had pharmaceutical interest for treatment of heart conditions and as a diuretic. All plant parts are poisonous.
Colour: Creamy white with deep burgundy splotches throads.
Natural Flowering Period: June - July.
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4-8.
Growth Habit: Upright.
Foliage: Hairy ovate to lanceolate leaves.
Height with Flowers: 120 cm.
Spacing between Plants: 45 cm.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 7.2.
Location: Full sun.
Use: Plant together in large drifts for special seasonal accents or in the border with, Echinacea "Magnus Superior" and Penstemon "Sunburst Ruby".
Specialities: Outstanding cut flower.
Grams per 1000 Seeds: 0,08.
Seeds per Gram: 12500.
Seeding Recommendation: 1 g / 1000 plants.
Sowing Rate: 8 seeds per cell. Plug tray recommended size(s): 72, 128.
Germination: Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C. Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
Best Sowing Dates: Anytime.
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks.
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks.
Transplanting to Salable Plant: 4 - 6 weeks.
Cutting-Back at Transplanting: Cut-back once to keep more compact.
Growing On: Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm; 2-3 plugs per 15 cm.
Vernalization: A prudent recommendation would be to provide 6-12 weeks at an average daily temperature of 5°C. Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 15° - 17°C. Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilization: Medium (150-200 ppm).
Eng.: Purple foxglove, bloody fingers, dead men's bells, fairy caps, fairy thimbles, fairy's glove, folk's glove, gloves of our lady, virgin's glove, witches gloves. Suom.: Sormustinkukka, rohtosormustinkukka. Sven.: Fingerborgsblomma, vanlig fingerborgsblomma.