How to collect and sow foxglove seed

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30 minutes

Foxgloves self-sow easily, so you'll always have them popping up in your borders from year to year. However you can also harvest and sow foxglove seed in summer in order to raise new plants in pots. These can be planted out later exactly where you want them to grow.

Foxglove seed ripens in late summer. Cut down the flower stalks before the seed is shed if you don't want unwanted seedlings popping up in your borders, or if you want to save the seed.

Sow the seed as soon as you collect it, so that it's fresh and seedlings are well-developed before winter. Sow in pots of pre-watered seed-sowing compost and keep the pots in a cold frame.

You will need


Small pots

Seed compost



Cut off the flower spikes with secateurs as the seed capsules turn brown.

Shake the capsules and catch the seed that falls. Make sure your hands are dry to stop the seed sticking.

Sprinkle the seed evenly over the compost. The seeds need light to germinate, so leave them uncovered.


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