Foxgloves

Please forgive me if this is not the correct forum to ask these questions. I have many beautiful self seeded foxgloves in my garden and I would like to get rid of them now as the wind and rain has taken there toll and I don't want them all to set seed as I will be inundated with them even more so next year. I know that all parts of the plant are highly poisenous. So my questions are: can I put them on my compost heap, will this contaminate my compost? will the seeds survive and grow when I use the compost? many thanks. Mrs Panda

 

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    They are only poisonous if you eat them-  they will not contaminate your compost- as for whether the seeds survive depends on how hot the heap gets-if you have any doubts why not put in the council green waste bin?- their composting system generates much more heat than in a garden environment.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I put mine in the compost. I think the poisonous bit is if you eat them. You will possibly get one or two seedlings but nothing to worry about.

  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 69

    Why don't you just let them set seed and then pull out the ones you don't want?. Re surviving and growing in the compost - yes, very likely. But, again, you can aleays pull out the ones you don't want

  • just dont forget to wear gloves when your pulling them out lol

  • MrsPandaMrsPanda Posts: 2

    Thanks for all your replys, I will remember to wear gloves when pulling them and I do have the option of my own compost heap or the council green waste bin. I don't mind weeding the few that grow next year that grow in the wrong place. Thanks again for all your advice. Mrs Panda

  • why should you wear gloves when pulling them out? Surly just wash your hands when you come in doors?

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Yes SPS, that's fine. They're not that toxic unless you start chewing the leaves.

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