The Q&A Archives: Foxglove: Transplant Suggestions

Question: Foxglove seedlings are multiplying in my garden. Need suggestions for moving small plants to other garden sights. Plants wither after being moved. Have also tried tranplant to small pots. My efforts are not being rewarded. Help!

Answer: Foxglove is one of those plants that doesn't like to be disturbed so it's best to sow seeds exactly where you want plants to grow. Since your plants are sowing their own seeds and you want to transplant volunteer seedlings, try moving them in the fall, after rain has soaked the ground. Dig a hole much larger and deeper than you think the root system is, and keep as much of the soil around the rootmass as possible during the move. Be sure to water regularly after transplant until natural rainfall takes over the chore. If moving them in the fall is unsuccessful, try moving them in the early spring, before new growth begins. It's almost like sneaking up on the plants while they're napping. The roots should become established before the plants are even aware they've been moved. Hope this helps!

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