Jacob's Ladder

Glen4sure(7a)June 22, 2014

This is the first time I grew this plant and very pleased with the outcome. I did not realize how much care it needed. It loves water! I ended up putting some soil granuals that held water around the plant and extra mulch and it was worth the effort.

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donna_in_sask

That's pretty next to the hydrangea. My Jacob's Ladder is a lot taller, around 2 1/2 feet - I make sure to deadhead it because it tends to reseed everywhere.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 7:49PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I really liked mine when I had it, but it wasn't long-lived, a couple years at best. Who knows why. The variegated variety petered out on me even sooner.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 7:51PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Well, actually I got a good 3-4 years out of the regular Jacob's Ladder, but still...

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 7:52PM
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Campanula UK Z8

I have a terrific sterile (long blooming Lambrooke Mauve....but otherwise, they do seem to be gone in a flash.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 8:13PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Mine certainly has been around for a number of years and shows no signs of decline. I give it a lot of sun, so maybe that makes a difference - who knows.

Kevin From Garden plants

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 8:30PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Kevin - that is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 8:40PM
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donna_in_sask

Mine looks like Kevin's, just not that large a clump. I also had a white flowering one but I think I weeded it out. They might not be long lived but they reseed readily, so make sure you know what the seedlings look like so you don't get rid of them all.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 9:10PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I grow P. reptans; they are native here and they reseed vigorously throughout the shade garden. I cut off most of the seedheads now to slow reseeding. Years ago I had a P. caeruleum and I'd love to find another.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 6:24AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I tend to deadhead as soon as the flower heads are no longer attractive to me. I didn't find a single seedling this year which is kind of a bummer because I wanted some.

Kevin

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 9:23AM
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Glen4sure(7a)

Thanks for the comments and advice. I do want more JL. Do I let reseed in the bed and grow there?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 11:31AM
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donna_in_sask

Let them reseed and then move them to where you want when they are still small. I would still deadhead the majority of the flowers though.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 1:33PM
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