The Q&A Archives: Foxglove needs help. Slugs.

Question: I bought a foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Cream) a couple weeks ago and the bottom stems and flowers are wilting badly. It is in a pot. I was wondering if it needs a bigger pot or if it would do better in the ground? It does get a minimum of 4 hours sunlight each day (as long as the sun is shining!) Can you help? Also, I've found slugs in my garden.

Answer: If you pinch off the the wilting flowers more should be produced. It is normal for the lower flowers to develop seeds while the top of the flowering spike is still producing flower. Just pinch or cut off the lower, older flowers to keep the flower spike blooming. Your plant will probably do better in the ground than in a container but you shouldn't move it while it is in bloom. Moving can stress it and stop the flowering process completely. Wait until this fall to plant it either in the ground or into a larger container.

Slugs can be controlled with an iron based product such as Sluggo. It is harmless to people, pets and beneficial insects such as bees. Use according to label directions.

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