Can You Transplant Foxgloves

Can You Transplant Foxgloves?

If you have foxgloves growing in the wrong place then you may well be wondering if you can move them, can you transplant foxgloves? let’s have a look and find out.

Can You Transplant Foxgloves
Can You Transplant Foxgloves

Can You Transplant Foxgloves?

How To Transplant Foxgloves

What Soil Conditions Do Foxgloves Like?

Foxgloves like a rich, loamy, well-draining soil. being woodland plants they are used to a soil composed almost entirely of decaying leaves.

This is very nice, light and well-draining soil. To make your soil as ideal for foxgloves as possible you will want to add as much organic matter as possible.

Homemade compost, as well as bags of leafmould, is a really good idea to improve your soil more to their liking.

To find the perfect spot for your foxgloves make sure to read my article Where to plant foxgloves.

My Foxgloves Are Just Growing And Not Flowering!

If your plants are in their first year then this is completely expected. Foxgloves are biennial plants, what this means is that they grow and establish themselves in the first year but do not flower.

They then go dormant over winter before returning to growth in the spring and then flowering in the summer. Once they have flowered they die off for good and will not come back again.

To find out more there is a whole article I wrote on this site called When Do Foxgloves Flower.


How To Get A Foxglove Display Every Year

So if you want flowers every year what do you need to do? The answer is simple but requires a little more work to set up.

Essentially you need to have a staggered system set up, where you have some foxgloves in their first year and some in their second year at all times.

This means you will never be without flowers come summertime.

Foxgloves
Foxgloves

And the best thing about growing your foxgloves like this is that once it is up and running you can leave the plants to it. They will self-seed every year giving you fresh plants every year.

Then because the flowering is staggered the seeding will be staggered. So you will have a perpetual cycle of young plants not flowering and older plants flowering from now on. It goes without saying that with this method you need to let the plants self-seed, so no overactive deadheading!

This is an important factor to consider when you start to think about cutting back your foxgloves. Find out more in my post called What To Do With Foxgloves After Flowering.

More On Foxgloves

Foxgloves (Digitalis) is a flowering plant that actually contains biennials, perennials and shrubs all under the common name foxglove.

These plants are native to Europe and even parts of northern Africa, they are woodland plants and as such love a little bit of shade.

As most people are aware foxgloves are poisonous if digested. The active ingredient in foxgloves that makes them poisonous also works as a medicine as as such numerous drugs are made using foxgloves.

Fatalities are rare from foxgloves but they do occur and for this reason, it is important to take care when gardening with foxglove, wear gloves when handling them and make sure you avoid touching your eyes or mouth after handling them.

Most fatalities actually occur when the plant has been mistaken for something else and digested in large quantities.

There have also been numerous reports of young children dying after drinking the vase water that foxgloves have been in. This is definitely something to think about if you plan on using them as a cut flower and your house has children or grandchildren in it!