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Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

I bought a pack of Foxglove seeds the other day and have sown them in compost inside a covered propagator.On the seed packet it said to sprinkle the seeds and cover them with a very fine layer of compost.However on googling this,it recommended not covering the seeds because they require light to germinate,so I've done the latter but gave them a fine water spray to bed them in.This is the first time I've ever grown foxgloves from seed,has anyone else any experience or handy tips regarding this lovely plant?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,093

    It's a bit hard to stop them growing - I tend to just sprinkle the seeds on the garden where I want them to grow, then thin them out next spring image

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  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    Hi Dove, thank you.I'm trying to give them a head start due to having a ball-obsessed black lab charging around the garden image One sunflower has already been snapped off like a carrot.I can't blame our lab cos its just another plant coming out of the ground to her.

    I'm hoping to get to that stage where I'm having to stop them growing image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,134

    They definitely dont want a propagator, they prefer to germinate in cooler conditions.  I have dozens around my garden all from seeds, some wild, some from packets, white and pink.

    I dont see how you will stop them growing, easy from seed and pop up everywhere in the garden as Dove says.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    Hi Lyn, thanks for your reply.When I say propagator its basically a seed tray with plastic cover.It isn't heated and will remain at room temperature.

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    My little darlings have hatched!! Would it be best to keep the lid on or take it off? I'm worried about them damping off.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,846

    Take it off, it never needed to be onimage

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    Ah lol.Many thanks for that nut image

  • ladygardener2ladygardener2 Posts: 371

    Well done Fishy65. I would'nt be without Foxgloves in my garden and have over the years grown many different ones. All smashing, once you have them you'll never be without them.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Im with you lot, mine are 3 weeks old in a tray and 1" high all looking tough,it will be our first in the garden if we can find room, 

  • TaskerTasker Posts: 29

    Foxgloves are a favourite of mine, which is lucky as they grow almost weed like in my garden.

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