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27/03/2014 at 10:34

Two of my last years largest foxgloves are still standing and have produced loads of small healthy plantlets all up the stem. Has anyone ever tried to take these as cuttings. I really liked the colour of the parent plant's flowers. I know how easy they are from seed - they're everywhere, but I like a challenge. If anyone knows if it can be done please let me know.

27/03/2014 at 14:40

 easier from seed for me, useless at cuttings.

but do the experiment and let us know

27/03/2014 at 16:50

Nothing to lose   Are you going to cut the whole stem and lay in/on compost and see if they root ?  Be interesting to know how you do. 

27/03/2014 at 19:21

Yes, I would be keen to see how that works

27/03/2014 at 19:30

I have never seen that, could you show a photo please.

28/03/2014 at 00:07

I have had lupins do this but not foxgloves. Try laying down, preferrably still connected to the plant, pin if necessary, partially cover with sharp sand and see if they root. The lupin plantlets rooted fine but this is not unusual I think.

28/03/2014 at 11:00

Could one do it with Holly Hocks as it is so difficult to get seeds for the single flowering varieties in the more subtle colours?

21/03/2015 at 18:20

Did it work?  My foxgloves have just done the same - lots of miniature plants about 6" high.  I've put some in a nursery bed, some in a pot and will also try some in a pot with a bit of rooting hormone.  I'm guessing they'll grow otherwise why would the plant make them?

21/03/2015 at 19:24

I've tried growing from seed they took weeks to germinate and are now out of the propagator and in the conservatory they have four leaves but are still only about half inches tall. Not sure at what stage to plant Does such a tall plant come from a tiny start? Or do you think mine are bonsai

21/03/2015 at 19:26

Foxglove seedlings are tiny. They're also biennial and I set them later in the season to flower next year.

21/03/2015 at 19:37

Hi Nutcutlet do you suggest I keep them indoors until later then? They are in modules at the moment will they get big enough to put into pots

21/03/2015 at 20:06

They will grow, don't know when they'll flower. Next year probably

Foxgloves are usually sown later in the season to germinate in summer, stand over winter and flower the following year.

Foxgloves don't need propagators and indoors. They're hardy plants

21/03/2015 at 20:47

Thanks nut

21/03/2015 at 20:51

Hi Primrose. They'll be very soft now if they've been indoors, don't put them straight out, harden them off a bit first. We've got frost, or close to, for the next few nights here.

22/03/2015 at 00:17

Primrosecottage many people start foxgloves in propagators in January. Else you have to wait a full two years for them to flower. With luck yours may flower in a single season. Just keep potting them on. Harden them outside and plant out after the last frosts. They are a hardy plant but frost can destroy the foliage. They grow enormous in no time if treated with care. 

22/03/2015 at 09:36

Hi Nut&Gemma  I will have a go at pricking out a couple today,but will keep them in the conservatory .(under the reading magnifier they look really good)

24/03/2015 at 08:51

Hi guys just an update on foxglove seedlings I have been promising to pot them on but have bottled out each time I looked at them

here they are I am going to use the little hair pin to do the job


24/03/2015 at 08:55

They'll be OK primrose. Quite big really. They'll grow on quicker in new compost

24/03/2015 at 09:45

About the size I would pot them on. If they are big enough to get hold of, it is time. 

24/03/2015 at 10:33

Thanks Gemma&Nut  I can take any encouragement. Have taken the plunge and potted on the 3!!!Zinnia that germinated and chanced sowing another batch  there are a few little pinhead s left in the foxglove modules so have left them to possibly get bigger , if I haven't disturbed their roots

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