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If you allow foxgloves to self seed, when do you thin them out?

This summer some of my self seeded foxgloves were way to crowded and didn't thrive.
The seedlings are sprouting now. Should I thin them out now or wait til spring?
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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,210
    Whenever it is not raining!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025
    edited October 2020
    Whenever you’re walking past and your back lets you bend down that far ... and get up again! 🤣 

    And don’t discard the thinnings ... plant them elsewhere. They’ll look a picture 😊 

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

  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    I usually don't thin, although I sometimes remove the smallest ones (I don't let all plants go to seed, only one or two, the rest gets deadheaded, to limit the number of seedlings). I also move plants where needed/wanted. They are usually sprouting all over the garden.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,562
    Normally I thin and transplant foxglove seedlings to where I want them. This year I got hardly any growing in the ground, but loads in the tomato pots, so they've all been transplanted into small-ish pots and looking good. I'll most likely plant them out in early spring.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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