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How to fight wimpy Foxgloves??

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:19 am
by StephD
I'm relatively new to gardening- I've had 2 seasons with a yard to play in. I'm in SE Wisconsin and I have somewhat clay filled soil.

This year I got 3 beautiful Foxgloves that have been planted along the side of my garden shed. Partial shade, decently well draining soil and mulched over a bit.

After the main spikes wilted, I let them dry out a bit in hopes it will reseed itself as I've heard Foxglove does. I cut back the spikes on each plant to encourage more flowering.
I honestly thought I would kill them doing that but all 3 plants have sent up multiple spikes since then! Woohoo! :lol:

The only problem is all these secondary spikes are barely the diameter of a pencil and can't support more than 3 or 4 blossoms without flopping over. I've tried staking and fertilizing and changing my watering but nothing has made any difference.

What happened to my 3ft tall flowers??

Re: How to fight wimpy Foxgloves??

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:45 am
by StephD
Just to clarify, I have digitalis purpura not the grandiflora(?) variety.