Is it normal to foxgloves still flowering? I noticed they are still healthy and growing. 


  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 601
    This year has been strange, and things are flowering later.   Did you start them off late?
  • @helix, yes I planted them in late June or early July. First time ever I tried to grow foxgloves, lupins etc from seeds and all ended up leggy and it was disaster. So bought these plants. Lupins didn't flower. Dalhias some very good and some failed. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,023
    In some areas - yes they can still be flowering   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,011
    Dont forget, lupins are perennials, plant one year, flower the next, if my first year plants start to flower, I cut them off. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,784
    Foxgloves are usually biennial so flower in their second year so I hope you haven't pulled up the ones you sowed.   If you let the flowers set seed you can sprinkle them around and increase you stock for free or, for more control, gather the seeds and sow them in trays.

    Lupins, as @Lyn says are perennial and, if sown early will flower in tehir first year but the plant will be stronger if you remove that first stem and let the plant concentrate on growing stronger roots and foliage for future years.  You also need to protect them agains slugs and snails which love the fresh new foliage in spring and watch out for aphids o the flower stems and squish them gently with your fingers.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,023
    How did you grow your seeds @dpatel2130? The most common mistake with foxgloves  is sowing in the wrong conditions, which  can make them leggy. They don't need any special treatment. Outdoors and left to get on with it.
    Also - don't be surprised if those white one revert to the standard, lilac colour. They tend to cross with the native ones.
    Lupins - as already said, need some time to become sturdy plants. Small plants arevery prone to pests and diseases.
    Dahlias - there are various methods of growing and propagating. They often need overwintering carefully - again depending on your conditions, and they need lots of nourishment through the growing season, so make sure you can give them that. It's worth doing a wee bit of research with them. There are always lots of threads here on the forum relating to dahlias  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • @Fairygirl, @Lyn, @Obelixx, @Helix. Thank you. Foxgloves happily and healthy growing, Lupins didn't flower but I think they are established, Dalhias some were excellently flowered and some did not live to the expectations. I don't lift out Dahlias for winter until now very few failed to come following season.  Foxgloves I will not bother to grow from seeds, self seeded will do. After all I am happy with whatever pleasure I got from  this year and look forward to grow more colours and enjoy next year. Thank you for help and guidance. It is real pleasure joining this forum and get  help and guidance  from very experienced and knowledgeable folks. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,784
    Our pleasure.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • That's good going. My lupin is still putting out a new flower or two, albeit small. Definitely worth dead-heading them in the summer when the flowers start to turn.
  • Hi, I live in the Netherlands and I have a Foxglove too that is still flowering, even with a little frost at night at the moment...
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