Self seeding foxglove...

Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,906

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove, the pods exploded and there are now hundreds of seedlings growing in a flower bed. Which is fine as I didn't sow any for next year.

The question is they are very tiny and will they survive the winter for flowering next year. I was going to thin them out and replant some in a nursery bed is that a good plan or should I pot some up and try to protect them in the GH or just leave them where they are?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,037

    they'll survive, it's what they did before we came along and organised them. Thinning them would be a good idea though

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,906

    Thanks for the reply nutcutlet beginning to think I might be on everyone's ignore list image.

    Will thin them out, but they are spread in a tiny area and grow into huge plants, is it still worth potting up some of the thinned out seedlings and if so would multi purpose compost be ok and kept in the GH over winter.    

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,037

    I'd just prick them out from the ground and transplant them to another piece of ground. But multi-purpose would be Ok. you could try coaxing some on in the GH over winter but they don't need it

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,776

    Didn't see this thread image

    Absolutely agree with Nut.  It's what I do with mine every year. image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,906

    Will do, this weekend. Growing foxgloves was a real success this year, first time grown from seed and they were huge, bee's loved themimage, just need to be mindful were they are planted, definately a back of the border plant.

    Also had Sweet William which has self seeded in a trough so will just transplant them.

  • GaryRobGaryRob Posts: 15

    I read somewhere that one foxglove can produce over a million seeds so you've got a busy weekend ahead zoomer! image

    I collected the as many seeds as I could from mine a couple of months back but still have seedlings popping up everywhere, the warm weather we had last week really gave them a boost and think I'm going to let nature take its course with those. 

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,906

    I can well believe that GR. As the flowers went over I dug up my foxglove and composted them, just leaving three different varieties to collect seeds from, but not before, I'd split, a few, not ready to pick seed pods and there were loads of seeds in them.


  • I collected seeds too, but as you all say they have thousands of seeds so plenty to do with what you will. The bees love em too. I really love the cottage garden look they give and that's my aim for next year.
  • Leave them be. Once I'd planted one, there are dozens year on year, self setting.  I sometimes catch the seed of one particular colour, but all I do is scatter it elsewhere and it grows. Very low maintenance!  

    If the site is very exposed, you can pot some up and keep in a greenhouse until spring, but even in an exceptionally cold winter you are unlikely to lose them all!  image

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