The Q&A Archives: Cultivating Foxgloves

Question: I planted foxgloves (not sure what kind) they bloomed this year (beautiful), they were about 5 feet tall, light yellow, pink and purple. I see the pods have a million seeds to them. Do I throw new seeds on the ground and remove the current foxgloves or do i keep the old foxgloves and they will bloom again next year? Thank you.

Answer: The most commonly grown foxgloves are biennial plants, meaning they grow vegetatively the first year and produce a tall flower spike the second year. Once the plants produce seeds, they die. You can allow the seedpods to ripen on the plant and then collect them for sowing next year or you can simply allow them to spill on the ground. Most will produce new plants. You can then cut the spent flowering stalk down to foliage level. The plant will probably die over the winter months, but just in case you have a perennial rather than a biennial, leave the clump of foliage alone until you're sure it won't send up a new flower stalk next spring. Enjoy your new little plants!

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