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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 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367

    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. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,312

    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.  

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  • 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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,367

    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. 

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