Ask a Question forum: Foxglove babies -help!

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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Region: Arkansas Composter Daylilies Garden Ideas: Level 1
Jul 5, 2016 10:14 PM CST
I have enjoyed foxgloves for the last several years, staring with a packet of seeds that grew thousands of babies! I couldn't believe that so many seeds had actually germinated out of that one little packet! It hurt to kill off so many but by the end of the first summer I had about 30 baby rosettes. The following year I just enjoyed them and didn't think about the next season. Fortunately they self seeded a few here and there through my flower beds so I had enough the next year. Last year I had several that had to be divided as they had grown 2 or 3 together. This year I noticed that my big Momma plants have started growing babies all along the stalk and I don't know quite how to divide them. I tried cutting the stalk and treating them the way I would a daylily scape....just sticking them in the ground, packing dirt around the stalk and watering them in well. Soon I will have to start a foxglove farm! If there is a better way to do this I would welcome any suggestions.

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Jul 5, 2016 10:36 PM CST
So jealous. I struggle with foxglove for some reason. But I do love them so just treat them as an expensive annual. I've even tried gathering the seed of my roadside natives, no luck.
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Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
Jul 5, 2016 10:39 PM CST
I hadn't seen this before. Layering them seems like a good idea.
Name: Andi
Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap
Jul 5, 2016 10:40 PM CST
I grew some from seed, winter sowing the seeds. The plants bloomed their second year and the following year. Then I moved. Need to wintersow seeds again...
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
Jul 5, 2016 11:06 PM CST
The wild foxgloves are biennial. So the plants that are two years old, probably will not return, but they do seed freely. Bonehead, I transplanted a bunch in my garden years ago. I got three out of probably twelve that graced my garden for years. The wild plants really go crazy on freshly logged sites, so I really roughed up the soil around them when seeds were falling. They are such a beautiful plant.

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