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Elizabeth.........depending what type you have, I wouldn't say it is abnormal.
The basic ones can certainly reach the size you mention without too much trouble
The wild pink ones in my garden grow anything from 3 to 8 feet.
Well I should find out next summer cos I've got foxgloves coming out of my ears right now
I find they can seed and sow without any input from me
On any one flower spike there will be seed capsules which are immature at the top, others that have already escaped at the bottom, and ready-to-collect ones in between. Collect some capsules from the middle, place in a paper bag, shake and hey presto you have ten million seeds. They are minute so only need sprinkling where you want them to germinate, including your seed tray. No need to cover.
The most effective foxglove sowing method in my garden is my huge dog running around wagging his fat fluffy tail into everything. You can hear the tall foxgloves stalks shaking out their load, and you know you missed another year to sow them scientifically, but since they all sprout (usually in the paths) and are very amenable to be transplanted, all is well in the end. Jade is a great gardener.
I cut the stem when I see some pods are about to burst open. Take the stem to where you want to grow them, then just shake. They rattle! When they start to grow, just dig them up and move where you want or pot up to give away. Seen them I garden centres for £5 a plant!!!!! I must have £100's in my garden......
a business opportunity Lizzy. Invent a fancy name for them and get them on ebay
I do sell some plants on ebay, but foxgloves? Wouldn't know what colour they would be! I guess the £5 charge is for the selective breeding!
Yes! I enjoy spreading the joy of plants. Postage is the big killer though.
I paid £9 for a mature foxglove this week! from a posh garden centre near me! Hopefully it will lead to many more! Do they self so quite easily?
Katherine W. Has the best method.
They are very fussy when you try to help them with prepared soil and warmth in seed trays. They do not like it.
Give them a shake and let them do their own thing. They love damp and shade. when they grow on (profusely) after, just leave them fore a while and take the smaller plants.
Once established in pots they will need rain water only. They will then thrive or die.
Do not mollycoddle them.
I don't have a cold frame, can I put my pots with seeds in on my kitchen window sill?
No idea what this one is but would like to try and do something to reproduce, no matter the eventual colour. Presumably these seed pods are too green for removing or collecting just now? Not sure whether to leave the stem as it is for a while longer or chop it now and keep the pods or just chop this stem off and hope for side shoots. I can't remember which type this is, think it was classed as a small or miniature or something. It's only about 5 ft.