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Hi, I am lucky enough to have self setting fox gloves each year. After they are spent do I up root the whole plant and discard and rely on new self set plants for next year or do I cut to the original plant that flowered this year at the base and leave in for next year or does it die off?


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I pull the whole plant out and compost. always relying on the self seeders to bloom the following year. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,278
    I leave it up to the plants. If they want to die off, ok, if they want to flower again, good. I just move seedlings where I want them, in autumn and again in spring (and get rid of the rest, I have huge quantities of them everywhere). Some seedlings are too tiny in their first year and have only small flowers. Some mature plants flower again next year nicely. They are not strictly biennial, I treat them as short-lived perennials.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,044
    Year before last I cut them at the base, but found a lot died off anyway and they looked brown and scruffy all winter, so I now uproot the whole thing and compost. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,343
    I uproot them because they look scruffy, I sow seeds every year for a good supply in the garden as a lot of the seeds that drop from the coloured ones revert back to the wild pink, so I grow nicer ones. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LadyG2LadyG2 Posts: 29
    Either or,
    Some will start new shoots at the base, but as others have said the main plants look a bit scruffy. All the fresh new seedlings look better and you can move them if you want them some place else. I also think the new seedlings produce stronger healthier plants.
  • Cheers all. I have opted to do a bit of both. Will definitively be moving so of the seedlings though :)
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