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Mark-EMark-E Posts: 182

We bought some foxgloves a month or so ago.

We planted two out straight away, one died and one seems to have shrunk to almost nothing - see photo below. We kept one in the greenhouse.

I was hoping for some advice on if the small one will recover and if now be a ok to plant the one in the greenhouse out?



  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,185
    Foxgloves are pretty hardy - but if you bought young plants at the Garden Centre they were probably pampered rather than being subjected to normal seasonal temperatures.  
    My plants in the open garden are, after a fairly "dormant" winter of no growth, showing signs of real vigour, which is what I would expect.
    I would take the one plant that is looking ok, gradually harden if off to accustomise it to normal temperatures, and then plant it out.
    That said, it looks like we are in for some unseasonably temperatures over the next few days.  I would put the potted plant in a shady place, make sure it is protected from any extreme temperatures over night, and then plant out in the border.
    Others might have different/better advice.  As with all things horticultural, there is rarely one simple answer!
  • I've grown a load from seed (September I think), they're all various sizes but I dont think any are as big as your one - but I have put most of them completely outside now. Prior to that they were in a cold frame.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695
    That little one might need some water. It has been surprisingly dry here for the last few weeks.  The roots have not had time to grow out to search for water.
  • Mark-EMark-E Posts: 182
    Thanks both.  I will give it a go :)
  • AstroAstro Posts: 407
    The second picture looks like a foxglove that has already flowered, I might be wrong on that though. If that's the case they don't tend to be as vigorous/lush and often send up multiple smaller flowers. 
  • garyd52garyd52 Posts: 51
    Foxgloves never need Greenhouses unless they were raised in one , think about it how many Greenhouses were there until about 150 years ago ? they have survived very well here since the end of the last Ice Age with absolutely no need for glass .
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