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Reluctant foxgloves

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

I sowed seeds of two types of foxglove last year - Camelot and Summer King. The flowers on the Camelot plants are lovely but there isn't a single flower stalk on the Summer King - although they all have a strong rosette of leaves. Should I leave them fo a while, replace them with something else or leave them in and hope they will perform next year? I must admit to being very disappointed. 


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,269

    I would definitely leave them Berkley.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • definitely leave them yes.
    Same with me, seeds planted two years ago, last year the plant grew strongly but no flowers and this year i got this monster! image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    Definitely leave them - they'll bloom next year image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    Thanks for all the advice. I'll definitely leave them where they are. If I also leave the Camelot plants in, might they flower again next year too?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,442

    Summer king is T&M name for D. x mertonensis. Sometimes they do take two years to flower, but are more perennial than normal foxgloves . Might last four years instead of two. very nice colour though.

    Camelot I would rip out if they have flowered this year and put new seeds in for next year now.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    Thank you so much, fidgetbones for such a helpful (and knowledgeable!) reply.

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