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Can I move a foxglove now ?

Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

A foxglove appeared in my herb bed last year during the summer. I'd like to move it to somewhere more suitable.  

Would it survive a move at this time of year. Am down in the south, so wet wet wet but not overly cold. 

Thank you, last question for today.  Can you tell I managed to get out in the garden for an hour this afternoon?  Always results in lots of questions.  So much to learn!



  • Shouldn't be too much of a problem, just dig up as much of the roots as possible to ensure you don't do too much damage and use some micro fungi root builder when putting it in its new home image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,996

    Hi Peanuts, if you move it with a good lump of soil it won't know the difference as long as it's not drowning. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • They are also mainly surface-rooted, so take quite a wide, fairly shallow area of soil with the plants when you move them rather than digging-out a narrow deep plug of soil close to the stems.  They appear every year in my veg plots and I successfully move them to shady corners where they do well.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538

    Same as Bob. I move quite large ones out of veg patch, into final position in borders.I just take it with as much soil as it carries and plonk it in. Water in and bobs your uncle.

     If you're under water, I would wait until the soil is better condition.

  • I get them in the veg patch too and do just the same as Fidgetbones.  image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • They need some sun to grow well and will grow large in full sun with damp soil. I have moved them a good few times with success everytime - just do as the above.

  • I had this problem with self seeded foxgloves in my plot and were in the way when I was digging. So as I came to them, I dug them up with plenty of soil and took them back home where I potted them on and placed them in a cold frame. Afterwards they have been taken out  and are awaiting spring and SWMBO decides where they are to be placed.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Thank you so much for this advice.  Will let it dry out a bit and move it then. image

  • Gosh - I've never found them that fussy, though they don't like to be dry.  Their natural habitat is light woodland with dappled shade.  There is a wonderful meadow of foxgloves in light woodland as you go into the Woburn Estate  in spring.  I think they wallow in the leaf mould which keeps their roots moist.

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