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29/06/2013 at 11:52

good morning everyone

i have foxgloves for the first time this summer, i planted them in the front garden, they where lovely, i have just returned from holiday and they have been battered by the wind, they are also facing out to the road so cant see them properly, my question is can i move them and when, i want to put them in my back garden against an 8ft wall, where they wil have more protetection, can anyone help, thanks 


29/06/2013 at 11:56

No, don't move them, they're biennials and will be finished when they've flowered. Save the seed and grow it, (or buy some more) where you want it for next year and future years

29/06/2013 at 13:13

thanks nutcutlet, can you tell me how to store the seeds, and i know im a bit thick ha ha , but does biennial mean every other year

29/06/2013 at 13:18

The flowers always point outwards!  Biennial means you sow the seeds this year and the plants flower next year.  

I would harvest the ripe seeds and sow them immediately.  Take your example from the plant, it sheds the seed as soon as it is ripe.

29/06/2013 at 13:50

Biennial means when it's done what Welshonion describes, it dies. So it's flowering now, it will produce seed which you sow where you want them, (there'll be plenty, just throw it on the ground), and then you can remove the original plant.

Occasionally they'll go another year but they don't perform well

29/06/2013 at 14:02

thanks  welshonion and nutcutlet, dont know where i would be without this site 


29/06/2013 at 14:31

The best way to store seeds is in a paper envelope. I make mine from a sheet of paper. Describing how to do it isn't easy. I was shown at college, I'll see if I can post a video. 

29/06/2013 at 14:42

Here you go, it's still uploading but it should be live Seed Packet in about 15 minutes. It's best to make the envelope first then fill it by using another piece of paper folded in half. You can then pop the filled envelopes in the fridge until you're ready to use the seed. Don't forget to label the envelope before you fil it. 


29/06/2013 at 15:51

But the easiest way is to wait until the seedpods just start to open , then cut the stalk off, take it to where you want foxgloves to grow, and wave and shake it about over some ground (dig and rake it over first).  You'll soon have baby foxgloves 

29/06/2013 at 22:05

Yes, it is, however foxgloves are biennial so you want to keep some seed for the year after and it isn't always convenient to carry a big stick full of falling seeds around with you or perhaps you want to sow into plugs for potting on so you can plant out large plants that will survive competition from whatever else is growing or you don't have bare soil to wave seeds over. I know I certainly don't have any bare patches of soil. They'd need weeding and I"ve got enough to do.  Some foxgloves will of course germinate against all odds since there are thousands and thousands of seeds on each stalk but if too many germinate in one patch you'll get weedy plants with hardly any flowers on or as happens more often in my garden you'll get one or two weedy plants that have had to compete with everything else. Anyway I'm sure you're armed with lots of ideas now.

30/06/2013 at 09:02

thanks again everyone for your great advice 

04/07/2013 at 11:15

Hi Lynne24, I am new to this forum and am really enjoying looking at all the wonderful posts and advice this forum is providing. Thank you all.

I moved into a house last year which is bursting with foxgloves, and they are fabulous. A great cottage garden flower. I haven't found any problems with digging them up and moving them, and they seem to self seed all around the garden so you shouldn't have any problems with seed germination and plants for next year I wouldn't have thought. 

04/07/2013 at 18:22

thanks for the post susan, enjoy the site, you do get some great advise

04/07/2013 at 21:27

Yes, you will have them seeding themselves everywhere, in every crack and crevice but they're very easy to pull out from where you don't want them. Obviously you'll need to give them a helping hand to move more than a few yards but once they're there you'll always have them unless you don't let them seed. The seeds are tiny so blow about in the wind to an extent. You'll get the biggest and best plants if you give them space though as I said earlier but they do look best in a group I think. You'll get to notice which seedlings will be pink and which white with experience. The pink ones have a red blush to the stems. I stand by storing seeds in the fridge is a very good back up and let you give them to your friends. 

05/07/2013 at 00:06

thanks jim, thats a great idea to share with friends, if i store them in the fridge, when do i plant them out 

08/07/2013 at 09:16

Thanks for the tip about the foxgloves seedlings Jim. That's very interesting.

16/07/2013 at 18:26

Foxgloves can be sown in the spring or in the autumn. They'll germinate at any time of year if the weather is not too cold and they're kept moist. It's probably easiest to sow onto composts in a plug tray that's had a sprinkling of gravel over it or mix them with some dry sand since they're like dust and sprinkle over  the plug tray. I love using plug trays since you don't have to prick out. I find I lose loads when I prick out, I'm more heavy handed than I was and fine seedlings are almost impossible, so, sow thinly into plugs trays and thin out if you need to. 

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