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Hi all brought some digitalis assorted today.I have tried asking a question on here about them but for some reason it will not let me.I just wondered if anyone could advise me if this would be ok in a 14 inch square by 14 inch deep plant pot or do they need to be planted in the ground?

Any help would be greatly appreciated:))))

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sorry mark i dont know much about growing them in a pot but they are happy at the edge of woodland type areas and they will spread ~ but they spread by sending seeds all over the garden ~ you never know quite where they will end up ~ or what colour!!!

you could always start them off in a pot and move them into the ground once they are bigger?

13 Apr, 2013


Hi Mark
I found this general foxglove advice on line...
I hope it helps.

Foxgloves, also known as digitalis, are striking perennials and biennials that are common to an English cottage garden. With more than 25 species and numerous varieties, foxgloves range in height from 2 to 3 feet to 6-foot giants. They do, however, require a certain amount of attention and care. Avoid these mistakes.

Don’t Expect First Year Blooms

While some varieties are biennial – meaning they won’t bloom the first year, others are perennials that need to become established before they bloom profusely. Don’t expect to plant foxgloves this year and get blooms right away. Pay attention to the grower’s tags and ask questions of the nursery if there’s any doubt how soon particular foxgloves will bloom.

Not Realizing Foxgloves are Poisonous

With their distinctive speckled throats and eye-catching colors, foxgloves are often a gardener’s choice for making a statement. What many don’t realize, however, is that foxgloves are poisonous, both their leaves and their flowers. Therefore, they should not be planted in any area where children and pets play.

Too Much Sun

Most foxgloves do best in shady locations – either partial or full, depending on variety and climate zone. Geographically, they grow in zones 4 to 8. In very cool areas, some will tolerate full sun.

13 Apr, 2013


hi Sticki thankyou so much for your advice.I think i may have found a safe spot now in the garden in the ground which from the sounds of things may be better for them growing than a pot.I have never had them before and the care label doesnt give much advice at all .Thankyou again:))))

Hi TT thankyou so much for all the advice you have given.I didnt realise how harmful they were.I didnt know anything about them so it as certainately come in handy what you have told me.I think i have found a safe spot for them just may have to build the area up so Bonnie cannot get near them.Will study into them a bit more though before i plant them.Will let you know how things go with them.Thankyou so much again for all your help:))))

13 Apr, 2013


Hi Mark...
Good luck with finding a suitable place :o)))

13 Apr, 2013


I hope they grow well for you Mark!

hope you are all well ~ and make sure you all stay safe!

13 Apr, 2013


On the other hand I've never heard of either children or pets actually eating foxgloves. They grow in thousands round here and no news ever of any harm coming to anyone. Did you know that is where the heart drug digitalis comes from (or did - its probably synthesised now). If anyone knows of any accidental poisoning cases I'd be interested.

13 Apr, 2013


Hi Mark, yes I've grown these before in a planter, as long as your water and feed well they should be fine, from seed they take two years to flower as they are bi-annual but if root stock then they may flower same year. But as Terra says they do contain the poison digitalis.

16 Apr, 2013


Mark, I will not recommend to you to grow it now in the garden full of small kids. Wait until they grow up. Even small piece digested by children can be fatal to them. Sorry.

17 Apr, 2013


Hi all i have now changed my mind again and i have now found 3 large planters which can be moved out of the way when my grandchildren come round or can be covered up so there can be no harm done.Thankyou everyone again for all the help and advice:))))

20 Apr, 2013

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