Foxglove - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
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Question by mandy9
May 4, 2007
I purchased some foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea)that were in bloom. Since planting them in ceramic pots, they have lost most of the flowers. There is new growth and they seem to be starting to bud new flowers, but I don't know if they are supposed to loose their flowers. They are in the shade most of the day (when I had them in partial sun, they would wither very badly by evening), and since moving them and pruning back some of the leaves from the bottom, they have perked up. I water them every other day and keep the soil very moist, and have also put the shake on plant fertilizer on them. Please advise how to best take care of these, and whether or not it is normal for the flowers to fall off before new ones bloom. Thank you!

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2007
It sounds perfectly normal to me. After the flowers fade, cut the flowering stem down to foliage level. This will encourage new flowering stems. As your foxglove gets larger and has a greater reserve of energy in the roots, it will produce several flowering stems at once. If you prune the flower stems back as soon as the flowers begin to fade, your foxglove will continue produce new flowering stems.

Enjoy your beautiful plant!

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