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willow321willow321 Posts: 9
edited March 2020 in Plants
Last autumn our wild foxgloves self-seeded and now in March we've lots of tiny ones in the corner of a bed. Less than 1 centimetre across, will they not grow enough to flower this year? Foxgloves are usually biennial but could these flower next year in their third year?


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 790
    In my garden in the NE they are biennial will grow year one, continue to grow slowly the following winter and flower about May in their s cond year.
  • Same here @willow321, seed over winter, grow during the following year and then flower in their second summer. Well worth the wait in my opinion and I love watching the bees collecting the pollen and reversing out bottom first (brings back childhood memories of my parents garden too).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,819
    While they’re small I would separate them and plant further apart ... they’ll develop into lovely large plants over the summer and flower next year. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    I'd agree. A bit of judicious thinning out will benefit them.
    Otherwise, they'll be crammed into a small space and you'll not get the best from them if it's an ornamental border.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Many thanks for the replies. So all is not lost, hopefully they WILL flower next year!
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