How to save Foxglove seeds and direct sow them for blooms next year. The key is early sowing!
Growing foxglove seeds is one of the easiest ways to get an abundance of these majestic cottage flowers in your garden. Many know that most Foxglove flowers are biennials. But many new hybrids can flower in the first year. If you sow the heirlooms you can get them to bloom next season if you plant the seeds this summer.
So here is my trick. Many don’t plant their seeds until Spring but I plant mine as soon as they go to seed.
Foxgloves in Spring
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Here is the Foxglove plant that the seeds will be collected from. This is in Spring while they are in full bloom.
Next to them is a beautiful white one. As they most likely cross-pollinated, thank you hummingbirds and bees, there is no predicting what the foxglove seeds that get planted will look like. They can be either color or a variation of the two.
When to collect Foxglove seeds
Here is the Foxglove plant stalk filled with seeds ready to be collected.
The foxglove flowers have completed blooming and the lower seed pods are drying and splitting open.
The timing of the foxglove seed pods ripening depends upon your climate and when the plants bloomed for you. Mine bloomed in late May / early June and the seeds were ripening in July.
Yes, the foxglove plant, leaves, and seeds can be poisonous if eaten. But also be aware that for some people just touching the plant can cause skin irritation. So wear gloves while you do this and avoid brushing up against the foxglove leaves.
I have had no issue and don’t usually worry about it but I wanted to give you fair warning.
How to collect Foxglove seeds
This is pretty simple and is how I save lots of different seeds. Using a recycled plastic tub or another container, place it under the foxglove seed pod and clip it off with my hand pruners, letting it fall into the tub. Also, you can use these cool snips, which are a bit less clumsy.
Go to another seed pod and do the same. When the seed pods are dry and splitting just barely bumping the stem will scatter seeds so be gentle and deliberate.
I get going hastily, as you will see in the video linked at the end of this post, as I don’t mind the seeds scattering a bit.
How to Grow Foxglove seeds
When I wish to just sow an area full of foxglove seeds I cut the plant stem below the seed pods.
Carry it gently to the area to be seeded and shake the seeds out of the pods directly onto the soil.
See the blurry green stalk, that is being shaken above the area I want the seeds to fall. Thousands of seeds fall onto the soil ensuring I will get some beautiful Foxgloves here next season!
You can see me do this in the video too.
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Until next time…Happy Gardening!