Hi, my plants is fading fast and I don't know what to do! It's a Foxglove who...

Asked December 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

Hi, my plants is fading fast and I don't know what to do! It's a Foxglove who isn't even a year old! The Digitalis has thrived indoors and out since last winter and is now starting to get a deep brown coloring to its dying leaves. I've noticed one or two small bugs living in its pot, but shoo them away when I water. I use Miracle Gro about once a month and transplanted it into a larger part this summer before moving it indoors mid-fall. It just started wilting about a month ago. I've attached photos. Can you tell me what's wrong with my plant? Sadly, Rachel Scott

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1 Response

I'm not certain what the issue is. It's possible that there may be a few things happening that is causing the leaves to die down. The first thing I would look at is the life cycle of digitalis. Being a biennial, they don't tend to live very long after flowering. Next, if it hasn't flowered yet, the leaves sort of look like they may have botrytis that a houseplant fungicide could fix. Botrytis (and other diseases) tend to be present where there is too much moisture and dead/decaying plant material, so be sure to avoid overwatering and keep dropped-leaves out of the pot.