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One of my foxgloves grew more over 8ft with a flower head of 4ft is this normal? Liz Bridger

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One of my foxgloves grew more over 8ft with a flower head of 4ft
is this normal? Liz Bridger

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.

I don't know if anyone else does this but I cut the flower spikes as above, then I lay them straight onto a seed tray filled with compost, so when the seeds fall out from the seed heads straight into the tray, germinate and then prick out into pots to 'over winter'.
When all done all I have to do is remove the withered stems onto the compost to recycle.

Works every time. Hope this helps others.

Best regards.

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

Woodgreen wonderboy

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.

Hi can anyone expand further on the next steps. Totally novice gardener!!
Hi Kittiwake
The seeds are very small as WW said. Collect from the middle of the spire as suggested. Sprinkle them sparingly on top of damp seed compost, John Innis no. 1 is good for this. You can mix the seeds with sand if it helps (not builder's sand). Label them.
Leave them somewhere safe making sure they don't dry out.
When they are large enough to handle, prick them out gently and transfer to very small pots or plugs.
They'll die down over winter but don't worry about that.
When they start growing again you just keep potting them into larger pots, 1" bigger each time until they are the size you want.
Hope that helps .
Ha, sorry. Predictive text changed your name kittyjane.
Katherine W

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


Hi Nutcutlet

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!


I often think I should sell plants. Do people actually buy them on eBay?



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? 

The L Plate Gardener

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.

I'd go with what Katherine W said. Leave the stem until you can hear the seeds rattling then use the ones on the middle of the stem.
I'm definitely trying that this year. Mine are still green so will have to wait a while.