Foxglove

FrozzFrozz Posts: 78

Hi

planted my first foxglove a few weeks ago and the bells are falling off. Is this normal?

 

thanks

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,252

    The bells fall off after they are pollinated, and the seed pods form.....or they fall off when they get battered by heavy rain.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • LordswoodLordswood Posts: 59

     

    The flower spikes continue to grow with new blooms opening above as the lower ones fall off to reveal a seed pod.

  • FrozzFrozz Posts: 78

    Ok makes sence as bees are all over it 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    the ones I saw still being sold at £7.99 in a local GC were already going over.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,252

    Mmm. I went to the GC today  for some fertiliser. Came out with fertiliser plus £50 worth of plants.  They had lots of new Illumination pink and another colour in the new type of foxglove. £8.99 each. Just starting to flower. Big plants but I think I'll stick with the normal type that just grow themselves from seed.. after all I need at least a dozen.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • LordswoodLordswood Posts: 59

    I have native foxgloves all over my garden. Some of them reach at least six feet. They grow wild in clearings in the surrounding woodland. There are quite a few bumblebees taking advantage of them, but almost no honey bees.

    The best plants always seem to pop up in the most inappropriate places so I will be planting seed next weekend (native variety of course) so that I have some control over them.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    £7.99 for a foxglove - someones having a larrf aren't they? 

  • robzrobrobzrob Posts: 4

    What's the best way to collect foxglove seeds after all flowers have fallen?  Should I let the stems die back then collect or cut the stems off and store them, then collect?

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    If it were me I would let the seeds develop on the stems and depending on your style you could just wave the stem about where you would like them to grow or use a paper bag and put the stem upside down and collect them that way.

    I do think it's possible to cut the stems off and then collect the seed, but I'm short on space and you have to keep them in damp free conditions

  • robzrobrobzrob Posts: 4
    hollie hock wrote (see)

    If it were me I would let the seeds develop on the stems and depending on your style you could just wave the stem about where you would like them to grow or use a paper bag and put the stem upside down and collect them that way.

    I do think it's possible to cut the stems off and then collect the seed, but I'm short on space and you have to keep them in damp free conditions

    Thanks.  I was wondering whether cutting the stems before they naturally dried would stop full development of the seed, but your answer implies that that doesn't happen.  Is that right?

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