Propagation of Digitalis and Canterbury Bells - Knowledgebase Question

Dearborn Heights, MI
Question by scotteve
July 1, 1999
What do I do with Digitalis and Canterbury Bells after they have bloomed? I'd like to have them again the next year, but I know they are only biennials.

Answer from NGA
July 1, 1999


The easiest way to keep an ongoing supply of these plants is to allow the best to set seed and reseed themselves naturally. In order for this to provide a continuous supply, however, you will need to have mature plants for two years in a row to establish the seeding pattern. Alternatively, you can purchase (or start new plants from seed yourself) every spring. To assure blooms next summer, you need to plant new plants now.

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