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Name: Bobbie Hall
Jersey Shore PA (Zone 5a)
BobbieinNEPenna
Apr 25, 2018 6:48 AM CST
I have a large raised bed 24' long and started foxgloves many yrs ago and have been very successful with them. Last yr i decided to move all of them to a place I could see them better, along our sidewalk and in front of our porch. I moved over a dozen. But only 3 survived our PA winters. That has never happened before. Along the sidewalk might have been too wet. But the area in front of the porch is not. Has anyone else had this problem with foxgloves? Until this yr i would say that flower has been the most successful i have ever had. I can't decide whether to start over with more seeds or not. As that will take a couple of yrs for flowers to appear. I must have the perennial variety as i had blooms every yr and lots of them for almost 2 mns. I can't believe i am down to 3 little plants.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 25, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Yes, I try very hard to convince people to leave the foxgloves where they are happy. They resent being dug.
Only the regular bienniels here, but still blooms every year, as the dropped seed sprout and bloom next spring right on schedule.
The only way that I've found to move foxgloves around is to place the dead stalks where I want a new patch.
Even that doesn't work well, as they have a pretty narrow window of tolerance here.
Name: Bobbie Hall
Jersey Shore PA (Zone 5a)
BobbieinNEPenna
Apr 25, 2018 7:40 AM CST
Thanks for your reply. I had no idea foxgloves shouldn't be moved. I will remember that now. Mine never die so they are always green. All winter too. But this last winter it looks like they bit the dust. It is making me sad! Well looks like i will be buying some foxgloves this summer. I have never had to do that.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Apr 25, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Bobbie - can you sow some seed where you want them to grow? I start all of my biennial foxglove indoors and plant out in the spring. Outdoors, some make it beyond their second year but I do dead-head for the most part unless I want to collect some seed.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Bobbie Hall
Jersey Shore PA (Zone 5a)
BobbieinNEPenna
Apr 26, 2018 7:14 AM CST
That's a good idea. I will have to get some seed. I will look for the perennial type as that is what I had. Thanks for the thought. I had given up starting seed inside but maybe that is what I should do too.

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