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Will these foxgloves be full of seeds now? If I cut this back and scatter the seeds, will they take?


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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726
    I collect the seeds now,sow them in quarter trays in the green house, for planting up next spring.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,505
    I cut the stem down carefully and give it a shake where I'd like them to grow next year.
    When they start to germinate I thin them out
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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • HeliosHelios Posts: 186
    It looks like a lot of it has self seeded already. I’ve collected seed in the past, in the same way as nannybeach, which has worked well but the best results I’ve had are from the self seeded ones which can be thinned out later as Pete suggests.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,055
    Mine scattered everywhere last year but none of them germinated - until now that is. I’ve noticed them starting to pop up all over the garden, they just took longer than I expected to start!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,114
    You can do a bit of both - keep some to sow, and shake some out. They've often done that by the time you realise they're ready to go anyway.  :)
    Bear in mind they're biennial, so you'll get the rosette of foliage next year and flowers the following one. A few are perennial but most aren't. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • PeterJarvisPeterJarvis East KentPosts: 79
    How would I know when the seeds become viable and remain on the plant - in other words NOT to leave it too late?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,114
    The plant in your pic looks ready - if the seed pods are brown, and you look closely, you should see the seeds, which will be quite loose inside   :)
    They're small though, so a bit of care's needed when removing. An envelope or paper bag is best - just hold that underneath and shale them in as carefully as you can   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,505
    The minute seeds are brown.
    The plants have only recently finished flowering so the seed will be viable and ready to sow.
    I often sprinkle some on a spare bit of ground in my veg area. Once the seedlings appear, they can be potted-up and planted out when they're big enough.

    I sometimes buy the White foxglove seeds (Alba) and sow them in seed trays around July. I plant them out around October and they're in full flower the following spring-


    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Just try and stop them! I am inundated with the blighters! They self seeded as I didn't get to them in time before the seed pods dried out! 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,935
    I'd love to be innundated - my foxglove seeds never make it.
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