Perennials forum: Digitalis Pams Choice

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Mar 30, 2014 5:12 AM CST
I need advise as to what to do with the first years growth on this plant.
I planted plugs last spring .They are huge plants now but winter has left them yellowed and wilty looking.
Is there a new growth coming from these plants ?
Can I trim out and remove the winter look?
This is a new plant for me.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 30, 2014 8:49 AM CST
I think you cut off last years growth in the spring. I read that they are very invasive, let me know what you think. Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 30, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Susan is right. You would be removing all old leaves and any stems that remain. We had a few but they died. If they had reseeded the way the more common foxglove/digitalis does, we'd have thousands. I sit and pluck out the babies and can do it again two days later.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 30, 2014 11:04 AM CST
These are new plants for me so will have first bloom this year.I left Strawberry Mountain to seed bu have no idea how composting over all the garden will affect seed germination.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Mar 30, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Might make them grow faster! nodding
Susan

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 30, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Jo Ann, they do look really ratty in spring, and often I've thought they were dead, but they rebounded and bloomed. Just be sure to leave the crown in tact while removing the dead stuff.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 30, 2014 4:16 PM CST
Oh, and I'm always careful to wash my hands well after handling them if I wasn't wearing gloves. They are toxic, and I don't know if that can be absorbed through the skin or not, but better safe than sorry.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 30, 2014 4:32 PM CST
You are a life saver.Safe than sorry sounds right. I used to mix my own glazes when I made pottery.Barium Carbonate was one of the ingredients and I always worked bare handed.
A friend of mine had health problems using it so I wore gloves after that.
Thanks Moooocho.
Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 31, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Jo Ann, they should bloom this year. I believe that most are biennial. I have some that are up and about from seed. I always wear gloves in the garden. You never know what might leach into a small cut. Like Gemini_Sage said, " better safe than sorry".
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 31, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Thanks Mike.

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