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Foxgloves from collected seeds

With my Neighbours permission,  I am sowing foxgloves in a small part of her garden   which her son blocked off, when he made a shelter for her mobility scooter . We are talking about an area approximately 1m squared.

I am wondering about 2 things

1) success rates there must be over 100 seeds in a pod, how many of those pods are likely to reach full size? 

2) if I just chuck the seeds over the weeds will they manage to germinate and outgrow the weeds , I could rip out what remains of my rather poorly looking fence and weed it but the wariness of just chucking seeds over is much more appealing 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,323
    Dig up the weeds, loosen all the top soil.
    Sprinkle a few dozen seeds, once ripe.
    Thin out plants once they are a reasonable size.
    They may flower next year, or the year after.
    Then they will die and set seed themselves.
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  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 577
    Foxgloves are easy. Bare soil is preferable because gardening is all about competition. I usually scatter the seeds at the back pf my border and a few come up. If you were to put seeds in pots you would be more certain to get results, in fact almost guarunteed. 
    Foxgloves are classified as Biennials which means that they will give flower the following year - in my experience they WILL flower the first year if you plant them early. In your case if you get plants now there is not much time to grow but those that do survive winter (underground) will flower next year
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,838
    I find self seeders take too long to grow and flower. I always sow the seeds, sow them as soon as they are ready, so about now, keep the compost slightly damp and put in a shady spot. Pot on and on, then plant our next spring. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I agree with Lyn and you will have stronger plants if you some some in a try, potting them on a couple of times and planting out when a few inches tall and well established, probably next Spring. When the seeds have germinated keep the tray out of direct sunshine and don't let them dry out completely. I tend to sow mine later in the summer say August/September. The seeds are tiny, so thin the seedlings out in the tray once they have germinated.
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    You could do both......... as punkdoc suggested above, and scatter seeds after clearing the weeds and also plant some seeds in compost and pot on as they grow. This way you will be guaranteed plants, hopefully more than you will need.  My foxgloves for next year have already started growing in the garden after the parent plant dropped seeds.
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