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On the subject of Foxgloves,my little chaps are doing well but what I'm thinking is what plan of action I take when summer draws to a close. Do I leave them in pots and put in a cold frame (which I don't have) or plant them in the ground in their final positions.The biggest plants are now about 3" high and about 4" across. They are Excelsiors by the way,if that makes any difference.

Plant them in the ground Fishy, as soon as you have the space for them

Woodgreen wonderboy

Just an interesting story about foxgloves. I live in the New Forest and a few years ago a local wood had a lot of the tree canopy removed. One result was the most fantastic display of pink Foxgloves. If I said there was a carpet of them 50 yards wide and about half a mile long I don't think I would be exaggerating. Their must have been thousands. The seeds must have been dormant for years and the increase in springtime light levels woke them up. It only happened for a few years and now the display is no more, again.

What a glorious sight that must have been wonderboy. I've heard that of foxgloves and with the seeds needing light to germinate it would make perfect sense

Thank you nut for your wisdom as ever. I've got space already but have been worried about snail/slugs descending on them before they get sufficiently large.Sometimes I'm worried I mollycoddle my plants too much,maybe I should just plant them and be done with it.

Plant them and be done with it Fishy

Maybe the digitalin will slow their hearts so much they stop. I don't think they're a favourite food. Someone will tell you if they are.



WoodgreenW  We had the same experience here in West Lothian.  The council were expanding a country park and unearthed so many foxglove seeds.  I wish I'd had my camera because it only lasted two years - but what a sight

Thanks to all for your advice with this.  Foxgloves moved, fingers crossed. 

Next project is to move a big lavender plant, any suggestions?

thank you


I always thought that they was poisonous 


Hi Liam, many garden plants are poisonous and yes, foxgloves are one of them. 

Thanks Edd I may give it a go and harvest lots of lavender in the process.  

Lavender tea anyone?


Please remember folks that fox glove are poisonous !!


Yes debbieanne, I think we all know that. The trick is not to eat them

Blimey what an active community here. Thanks for all the replies. Foxgloves moved and house moved too now! Many new gardening adventures ahead......

I have a second year foxglove, with huge leaves but it didn't bloom.  Did I plant it too deep, too shallow?



I find this often happens, it will be splendid next year. We make a clear distinction between annual, biennial and perennial but the plants don't. I sowed some foxgloves very late last year, about half flowered this year and the rest are large clumps of leaves for next year flowering. Nothing wrong with your plant or your technique.

Whew!!  Thanks! Now what do I do with these leaves before winter? Leave them on, or chop - down to the ground?  I live in Zone 4.


 Foxgloves are native to the uk and hardy everywhere here, they look after themselves. 

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