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Cutting back Foxgloves

Natalie LNatalie L Posts: 125

Hi all

any recommendations on cutting back my foxgloves that have seen better days? 

Will they re flower this summer? 

Thank you 



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    if they've got some buds they might but in general foxgloves, Digitalis purpurea, are biennial. I assume this is the species you have. From seed last year, flower and make seeds then die this year. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,988

    Mine sometimes send up some side shoots with flowers on after the main spike has died off and been cut back - but I'd have thought it was a bit late in the season for that to happen now.  

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

  • Natalie LNatalie L Posts: 125

    thanks, so these won't come back next year at all? 

    would I be ok to cut these right down now then?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    pull them out, they're over. It looks as though there are ripe seed pods there so you can scatter them about where you'd like them to grow next. If you're lucky, and germination is quick and the winter mild, you might get flowers next year, otherwise it will be the following year. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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