Solomon’s Seal Info – Caring For A Solomon’s Seal Plant
The following information was taken from the official website of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) which is responsible for regulating and protecting wildlife species in the US. They are also responsible for maintaining the list of endangered or threatened species.
SOLOMON’S SEAL INFO: CARE FOR A SOLOMONS SEAL PLANT
What Is Solomons Seal?
A true wildflower, it grows in forests and grasslands all over North America. Its flowers have been used medicinally since ancient times. It has medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, laxative and vasodilator. However its most famous use is for making a powerful perfume called “the smell of paradise.” The scent comes from the oils found in the flower itself.
Where Does It Grow?
It grows in the northern hemisphere, but is common throughout much of Canada and Alaska. It prefers moist soil with lots of organic matter. If grown in full sun, it will grow well even if there is little moisture available. It likes rich soils so make sure your garden contains plenty of organic material like composted manure, shredded leaves and other vegetable scraps.
How Do You Care For A Solomons Seal Plant?
1. The first thing to do is to make sure you plant your solomons seal in an area receiving full sun.
It needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
2. Next you will need to plant it in soil mixed with at least 50% composted manure.
3. After planting, water it thoroughly and continue to keep the soil damp but not soggy wet.
4. The soil pH range should be between 6 and 8.
5. Unlike most plants, it prefers a lot of fertilizer.
Spread some lawn fertilizer around the plant after the soil has warmed up in spring and again in early summer. This will give it a good growing season.
6. Every two years, remove all the leaves from the stems and just leave the flowers and stems.
This encourages new growth from lower down on the plant. This is called “divide and conquer” and is a great way to keep your plant thriving for many years.
7. Every year the plant will produce extra “suckers” around the base of its main stem.
These can be removed and replanted to start new plants, or left to grow and become part of the mother plant.
8. A very unusual thing about this plant is that it does not produce seeds.
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