Foxglove Illumination Apricot

ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

Hi all, I have an Illumination Foxglove and am wondering how to care for it. It flowered lovely after I bought it but since then the tips of leaves have all turned black. Is this a normal process?

also should I cut the plant down when Winter comes and mulch it?

Or will it put on new growth in the Spring? 

Any comments will be greatly appreciated

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,108

    Like you, I am growing this for the first time. It came as part of 36 perennial plug plants. I potted the tiny things that came into plugs and then 3 inch pots. I then planted them out. I was really surprised when they flowered this year, the rest of the plugs either got eaten by slugs or just not flowered yet.

     I dead headed and they sent up more flowers. I saved some seed, but I have also dead headed again. I am going to see if they survive the winter. If not I will have a go at growing seeds next year. I have finished putting in 48  candy mountain, and glittering prizes foxgloves for next spring, so I don't expect I'll miss them if they dont survive.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,108

    Actually, scrap all that, I think mine were dalmation peach. I think the illumination range are those that are not as hardy, because they have isoplexis genes in them. Verdun has done well with illumination pink, but I think they may need overwintering indoors.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Thanks for the Info. I will cut it down in a few weeks and mulch heavily. My greenhouse isnt ready to go up yet so digging it up is not an option this year unfortunately image

  • XX Posts: 707

    I had one bought for me Matt and it didn't survive the winter on the NW coast image  I didn't mulch it as it was labelled up as hardy - did complain to T&M about it and they've since reclassified it as half hardy - I think they had quite a lot of complaints.  Hope your one survives for you image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    oh image

    I'm glad I asked now :P

    I have some fleece handy so I'll make a little blanket for it image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Actually I have some straw too! I forget I use it for my strawberries to lie on image

    Would putting a bit of this over the crown, then making a little fleece blanket work better?

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