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11/12/2013 at 21:24

Evening all


i took out 2 failing hollyhocks and replaced with 2 foxgloves. Apart from the fact that they looked stunning and had bees all over them. They were at the end of the flowering season but couldn't resist. I have planted and left alone and the flower stem is still on.

problem is I know nothing much about them. How long do they last for, are they only multiplied by seed. I have put them on the sunniest side of my garden as 'told' to by my dad. Any hints tips thoughts would be most welcome.


11/12/2013 at 22:07

Hi Red Dahlia,


Foxgloves are biennials and will grow from seed in year one and then flower in year two.  So hopefully you will find seedlings growing in the area around where they are planted this coming Spring and develop into a flowering plant the following year.

I have transplanted the seedlings to other locations with varying success.


11/12/2013 at 22:10

So will my original plant last and flower again??

11/12/2013 at 22:27

Not if it's the biennial kind.  The aim of any plant is to reproduce itself.  Annuals grow, flower, set seed and die in one year.  Biennials do it over 2 years.  Perennials can last anything from 3 to many years and will usually flower form their second year on.

Some foxgloves are perennial but are short lived and tend to last only 3 or 4 years but they set seed and self sow quite liberally so, as the original response said, keep an eye out for seedlings next spring and transplant them to where you want them to grow.


11/12/2013 at 22:55

I'm growing Foxgloves from seed (a beautiful apricot colour on the packet).  They look very healthy and strong, and I am keeping them in pots on shelving on the patio, planning to plant them in the border in the Spring.  Hopefully I'm doing the right thing?

11/12/2013 at 22:59

In the wild, foxgloves are found in woodland and like a bit of shade. I try to give them some shade in the garden as well. They do produce an amazing amount of seed, as others have said. It's worth checking the old flower stem to see if there are still seeds present, then you could sow some in a tray or pots and just leave in a corner until they germinate. The plants can then be placed where you want them in the spring.

11/12/2013 at 23:12

Red dahlia, are they illumination series foxgloves?

I can't think of any others that would still be flowering. If so they don't set seed. They may be perennial but probably the frost will kill them.

12/12/2013 at 13:21

Patsy F, what is the name of that foxglove, it sounds wonderful.

12/12/2013 at 13:28

I had Dalmation peach flowering for most of the summer, repeating when I cut the main stem down. The usual apricot one is 'suttons apricot'

12/12/2013 at 19:02

I'm not sure of the variety. They flowered till about October then just the flower stem. I will route around for the plant labels, gosh again I am amazed at the type of variety. I hope they do last through till next year!

12/12/2013 at 19:13

My Illumination Pink flowered for MONTHS.  I fully expect them to survive the winter and flower just as prolifically next year.    They are marketed as perennial and, at least down here, I'm sure they will be.  I think they are as beautiful as any other foxglove except for those white (biennial) ones.  However, my neighbour has promised me some of his white seedlings so I will be a very happy bunny next year 

12/12/2013 at 19:31

I'm sure these were perennial, I'm usually so careful to ensure that. They were right next to a perennial sunflower , a pink and a white with crimsen spots. It's raining otherwise I would be out with my torch looking for the name. 

looks like i ke I may be routing around at dads for seedlings if my 2 don't come through, I hoped they would add some height and something for the bees. 

12/12/2013 at 20:22

Hiya break 23

I intended splitting one of my plants......ideally during the summer but they were still in flower.  I would certainly not do it now....wait until spring.  My only concern over winter is wet.  Cold wet soil might be a problem

13/12/2013 at 17:28

artjak, I can't remember, but will check the packet tomorrow and let you know.

14/12/2013 at 09:54

Camelot f1 mixed and label says comes back every year. 

14/12/2013 at 13:58

artjak.  I've checked - they are from Thompson & Morgan called 'Foxglove Apricot'.  (I got them free with a copy of Amateur Gardening' magazine.)  They are healthy little plants at the moment, so I'm looking forward to the flowers.

14/12/2013 at 15:54

Patsy - my farther has been looking for apricot ones for ages!!!! And they were free, how could I have missed that!!

14/12/2013 at 17:29

Not aware of too many truly perennial foxgloves despite the claims 

14/12/2013 at 18:39

D. grandiflora and anything crossed with that should be good for perennialness (is that a word?)

15/12/2013 at 13:47

RD, in fact they are only about £1.49 a packet from T&M, but I suppose postage would be added to that.

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