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    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 6th Jul 17, 3:48 PM
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    Foxgloves going to seed
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    Foxgloves going to seed 6th Jul 17 at 3:48 PM
    Hello all,

    I planted some established foxgloves around 6 weeks ago and they have now started seeding

    My questions are...

    When can i sow the seeds?
    Do i sow them in a seedling tray in the shed or straight in the flower bed?

    If possible i would like to grow some more this season but worried its too late, but would also like to grow some for next season so when do i sow them for next year?
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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 6th Jul 17, 5:04 PM
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    • 6th Jul 17, 5:04 PM
    Foxtails are biennial so to grow a plant for next year, sow your seed now into trays, plant out in September/October in a semi shaded spot. if you have enough seed, sow some into the ground too. They flower the following year - the first is spent growing into a decent sized plant.

    There's a step-by-step guide with pictures on here

    http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Foxglove
    Last edited by Chris25; 06-07-2017 at 5:12 PM.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 7th Jul 17, 1:11 AM
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    I just leave a few heads to mature and drop seeds. These provide the plants that flower in 2 years time. Mixed foxgloves produce random results, so the only time I grow 'artificially' is with bought seed for specific colours.

    Last year, I collected all the mature foxglove heads and put them in a large poly feed bag. After I'd collected tens of thousands of seeds, I scattered them around the hedgerows here. It will be interesting to see whether spring 2018 produces greater diversity in the wild foxglove population.

    There are some bought seed selections that claim flowering in a year or so from sowing, but I have no experience with those.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 7th Jul 17, 9:32 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:32 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:32 AM
    Thank you for your help

    As they produce so much seed i may try half in the flower bed now and half in seed trays and see how it goes
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 7th Jul 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:34 AM

    Last year, I collected all the mature foxglove heads and put them in a large poly feed bag. After I'd collected tens of thousands of seeds, I scattered them around the hedgerows here.

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    Originally posted by Davesnave
    what a lovely idea
    • elsien
    • By elsien 7th Jul 17, 9:37 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:37 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:37 AM
    Mine self seed in the garden with no input from me - I usually have to dig some up to pass on to friends. Nice idea to spread locally, might try that myself.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

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    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 7th Jul 17, 9:47 AM
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    Has anyone else had issues with slugs and foxgloves? I planted thousands of foxgloves a month or two ago, and I've got around 3 left - and they're looking nibbled.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 7th Jul 17, 9:58 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:58 AM
    what a lovely idea
    Originally posted by Chris25
    It was something I wasn't sure about, but the garden foxgloves I used aren't terribly different from the wild ones, so I don't think a bit of colour variation will matter to the bees.

    There's many other plants that would naturalise happily in our hedge banks; I'm just wary of introducing aliens, like the Geranium maderense which has escaped there without help. I think that will spread until we have a really cold winter.

    It looks like Digitalis ferruginea would also be very happy. That comes up like weeds from fresh seed. It has the advantage of being a short-lived perennial and it would be tolerant of the shady sides of hedge banks too.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
    Has anyone else had issues with slugs and foxgloves? I planted thousands of foxgloves a month or two ago, and I've got around 3 left - and they're looking nibbled.
    Originally posted by Grenage
    Yes me, slugs love the seedlings which I guess is why there are literally thousands of seed per foxglove spike

    I used to do as Dave, jsut collect the seds by shaking into a paper bag, sprinkle liberally on any waste type spot for a bit of urban gardening

    Could even employ the Great Escape method of down you trouser leg and shake it about a bit
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 7th Jul 17, 4:33 PM
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    I used to do as Dave, jsut collect the seds by shaking into a paper bag, sprinkle liberally on any waste type spot for a bit of urban gardening

    Could even employ the Great Escape method of down you trouser leg and shake it about a bit
    Originally posted by Farway
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