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We will introduce ourselves as delightful horticulturists from the big city of Chelyabinsk. Our goal is to engage you, regardless of your physical location. We want to give you a window on a little of what there is to see in this big world. Just as in a garden, there are always surprises (some good, some bad).A Prairie Moon • May 22 Hi Dan. Here in SE MN we see abundant Jack-in-the-Pulpit in the woods growing naturally along side Virginia Waterleaf, Dutchman's Breeches, Solomon's Plume, Bloodroot, Wild Strawberry, Toothwort, Blue Cohosh, Bellwort and woodland Sedges like Carex pensylvanica. Since Jack is quite versatile in its soil-moisture needs, it can thrive with almost any well-loved woodland native; don't be afraid to plant it with Virginia Bluebells, Claytonia, Wild Ginger, Wild Leek, Trillium, native ferns... If you want woodland plants that will remain all year like the Jack does, then exclude the spring ephemerals: Dutchman's Breeches, Bloodroot, Toothwort, Bellwort, Virginia Bluebells, Claytonia, Leek, Trillium.
Jack-in-the-pulpit seeds can also be started indoors. Before sowing the seeds indoors, the seeds must be stratified (exposed to cool, moist conditions) for 60 to 75 days. Jack-in-the-pulpit seeds can be stratified by placing them in moist sphagnum peat moss or sand and then storing them in the refrigerator for 2 to 2½ months. Suitable storage containers include plastic bags and small food storage containers. After the seeds have been stratified, remove the seeds from the sphagnum peat moss or sand. Plant seeds ½ inch deep in a commercial potting mix. In spring, plant the seedlings outdoors. In the spring, a solitary shoot comes from the ground and on a mature plant, two sets of leaves and a solitary flower bud emerge. Each leaf is made up of three leaflets. The flower is not like any other many gardeners have encountered. When the bud scales on the flower open, a leaf-like hood called a splathe forms the pulpit portion. It gently folds over the central cylinder of the flower. Inside the column is the spadix that stands like a solitary column with a rounded top. That’s “Jack,” which is classified as a spadix. The flower splathe can range from pale green to dark green and some have maroon and greenish stripes. The entire plant usually grows from 1-3 feet tall. The biggies happen because the plant is older and the soil is particularly damp and rich.
If you are bringing seeds indoors to grow, they will not grow unless they are cold-stratified. That means clean seeds are mixed into damp, whole-fiber sphagnum moss in a plastic bag that is sealed and refrigerated for at least 60 days. Plant in a container of soilless potting medium with seeds buried no deeper than 0.25 inches. Keep damp and germination will take place in about two weeks if the area is not too cold. Most growers keep them indoors for two years before moving the seedlings outdoors. Jack-in-the-Pulpit is an excellent woodland garden plant. It is easy to cultivate and requires very little care once established. It thrives under a variety of conditions, but grows best in rich soil, shady, seasonally wet locations. The "Jack" is the spongy cylindrical structure, inside a leaf-like structure that is rolled into a deep cup with an overhanging roof, the "pulpit". The plant is said to have a burning, peppery taste so herbivores will not eat it but the berries are a food source for birds. These berries form mid-summer and are smooth, shiny green, 1 cm wide clustered on the thickened spadix, turning a bright red color before the plants go dormant early fall. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)