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A foxglove appeared in my herb bed last year during the summer. I'd like to move it to somewhere more suitable.  

Would it survive a move at this time of year. Am down in the south, so wet wet wet but not overly cold. 

Thank you, last question for today.  Can you tell I managed to get out in the garden for an hour this afternoon?  Always results in lots of questions.  So much to learn!

Dirty Diggin

Shouldn't be too much of a problem, just dig up as much of the roots as possible to ensure you don't do too much damage and use some micro fungi root builder when putting it in its new home


Hi Peanuts, if you move it with a good lump of soil it won't know the difference as long as it's not drowning. 

I would wait for a drier spell nearer to spring.  Too wet and cold,right now I think 


They are also mainly surface-rooted, so take quite a wide, fairly shallow area of soil with the plants when you move them rather than digging-out a narrow deep plug of soil close to the stems.  They appear every year in my veg plots and I successfully move them to shady corners where they do well.



Same as Bob. I move quite large ones out of veg patch, into final position in borders.I just take it with as much soil as it carries and plonk it in. Water in and bobs your uncle.

 If you're under water, I would wait until the soil is better condition.


I get them in the veg patch too and do just the same as Fidgetbones.  


They need some sun to grow well and will grow large in full sun with damp soil. I have moved them a good few times with success everytime - just do as the above.

I had this problem with self seeded foxgloves in my plot and were in the way when I was digging. So as I came to them, I dug them up with plenty of soil and took them back home where I potted them on and placed them in a cold frame. Afterwards they have been taken out  and are awaiting spring and SWMBO decides where they are to be placed.

Thank you so much for this advice.  Will let it dry out a bit and move it then. 

gardenning granny

Gosh - I've never found them that fussy, though they don't like to be dry.  Their natural habitat is light woodland with dappled shade.  There is a wonderful meadow of foxgloves in light woodland as you go into the Woburn Estate  in spring.  I think they wallow in the leaf mould which keeps their roots moist.


They do have a tap root but I find it does not go deep until the flowering stalk emerges and so can be moved before that happens quite easily. I think that is where some people worry about moving Foxgloves.

Dont think there is a problem moving foxgloves only consideration right now is the state of the soil.  Wouldn't move anything until soil dries up a little.  not worth planting in mud 

When is the best time to dig up foxgloves?  I have some that I would like to move.  They are in flower at the current time.

If they are in flower now, they will shortly die as most are biennial. Then you dig them up and either bin them or compost them


Busy Bee2
Fidget, that is what I always thought, and yet I have seen them described as perennials - the only thing I think that can refer to is the fact that once you have grown them they will seed about and new plants will come up? But I had been meaning to ask whether that was what was meant, or whether the same plants could come up again.
Sometimes if you cut them down and leave them, they will flower the following year, but they are never as good. Best treated as biennial.
Busy Bee2
Ah right. Well I have always just pulled mine up when they are finished, but we always get a few more. I will continue to do that then!
The only ones that are perennial are the illumination series, but the frost gets them instead as they are a cross with isoplexis. To propagate illuminatiion pink, talk to verdun.
Busy Bee2
Fidget, that's post-graduate studies gardening, I am just doing my A levels!!