It is known for its toxicity, its rich blooms, and its candle-like growth. But how does the foxglove behave in relation to a part of care that is important for other plants, cutting?
Five good reasons to cut the Foxglove
The foxglove is a short-lived plant that is usually biennial and rarely perennial. Nevertheless, there are various reasons for subjecting him to a cut from time to time.
This includes these five aspects in particular:
- use as a cut flower for the vase
- to remove diseased parts
- for a double bloom
- to prevent self-seeding
- for making poultices for external wounds
Cut Foxglove for a second bloom
Foxgloves bloom between June and August. As soon as its flowers have withered (before the seeds have had a chance to develop), the flower stalks should be cut off. Then next year another flowering can be expected and the foxglove is perennial. However, the second flower is smaller because the foxglove lacks strength.
The flower stalks can be cut off before they wither. Then at least 2/3 of the flower buds should be open. The flower stalks can be placed in a vase. To keep them in there for a long time, the water should be changed every 2 days. It is also advisable to trim the stems regularly.
Cut Foxglove to prevent self-seeding
Foxgloves happily propagate themselves through their seeds. If you want to prevent this, you should cut back the seed stalks before the capsules open and the seeds are scattered. If you want to collect and store the seeds, you should cut off the stems just before the seeds are ripe.
Caution: Always wear gloves when handling or cutting the thimble. Even if you don’t eat it, its toxic compound can get on your skin, causing redness and an allergic rash. Alternatively, you should wash your hands after touching the cloth.