Strawberry Foxglove

dogg1967July 11, 2014

Well, second year and we have a bloom! This is my first and only success with foxglove so I'm quite happy. Don't know if this plant will be around next year as most foxgloves I know are true biennials... ah well, I will enjoy it while it lasts. One question though... should I cut off the spent flower stalk? Will this induce another bloom? (Oops, that's two questions.)

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gardenweed_z6a

Check out the info at the link below. There's no mention of a rebloom period.

Here is a link that might be useful: Foxglove

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 9:04PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

That is a lovely blossom. I have had a smaller rebloom on at least one variety of my foxglove after cutting off the spent bloom. Also cutting off the spent blooms and not letting foxglove set seed will sometimes help the plant survive and bloom another year.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 9:41PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

One of mine got broken off at the top and it branched out along the stalk and had many blooms on small branches.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 10:47PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

once its spent.. or just gets ugly.. what do you have to lose.. experiment ... cut it ...

my third question would be... do they come true from seed.. so would you not cut them to allow the seed to ripen ... .. presuming you wanted to get some generations going ...

had you thought of it.. you should have bought and planted some more seed.. or a babe plant.. this spring.. so you would have one next year ...

growing true biennials.. requires some advance planning.. to maintain the plants in the garden ...

but i wouldnt be surprised... if flower color fails to come thru seed .. but you would have a variety of colors ... the parental colors .... or grand parents.. etc ... others or research can tell you if flower color comes true from seed ....

ken

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:42AM
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hoverfly - 9a London(9a)

Strawberry Foxglove is supposedly perennial so it should hopefully be back next year.

If I were you, I'd let it set seed as this one does come true. I have a bunch of them that all came from the same plant.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 4:24PM
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Campanula UK Z8

No, no rebloom. Digitalis mertonensis is a short-lived perennial so count on 3, maybe 4 years of life.....but hey, they will definitely seed about so offspring will be yours aplenty.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:44PM
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