Five good reasons to cut your thimble
The foxglove is a short-lived plant that is usually biennial and less often perennial. Nevertheless, there are various reasons to undergo a cut from time to time.
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Above all, this includes these five aspects:
- use as a cut flower for the vase
- to remove disease affected parts
- for a double flower pile
- to prevent self-sowing
- for making envelopes for external wounds
Cut thimble for a second flower pile
The foxglove blooms between June and August. As soon as its flowers have wilted (before the seeds could develop), the flower stems should be cut off. Then a new bloom can be expected in the next year and the foxglove is perennial. The second bloom is less, however, because the foxglove lacks strength.
The flower stalks can be cut off before they wilt. Then at least 2/3 of the flower buds should be open. The flower stems can be placed in a vase. So that they last a long time, the water should be changed every 2 days. It is also advisable to shorten the stems regularly.
Cut foxglove to prevent self-sowing
Foxglove happily spreads even over its seeds. If you want to prevent this, cut back the seed stems before the capsules open and the seeds are scattered. If you want to collect and store the seeds, you should cut the stems just before the seeds are ripe.
Tips & Tricks
Caution: Always wear gloves when handling or cutting the thimble. Even if you don't consume it, its toxic substance can get on the skin, causing redness and allergic rashes. Alternatively, you should wash your hands after getting in touch.