Polemonium are hardy perennials that range in height from 15 to 90 cm (6 to 36 inches).
They bloom from the end of spring to summer with blue, yellow, pink or white cup shaped flowers.
One of the common names for Polemonium is Jacob's Ladder.
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The seeds of Polemonium can be sown outdoors at the start of spring or autumn. Once sown lightly cover the seed.
The plants should have a spacing of about 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) small Polemonium species) or 45 to 60 cm (18 to 24 inches) larger Polemonium varieties).
They should ideally be grown in a location that is a partially shaded part of the garden. this should have a rich, moist soil that is kept cool and well drained, and has a pH of 5 to 8.
If you plan to first grow Jacob's ladder indoors, then start about two months in advance.
It should take about three or four weeks for the Jacob's ladder seeds to germinate at a temperature of 21 degrees centigrade (70°F).
Once ready, the young plants should be transplanted into the garden either at the start of autumn, or just before the last frost of spring.
Jacob's ladder and other Polemonium species are fairly easy to care for. They enjoy a moist soil, so water frequently.
The soil should be kept cool, so it is best to top dress the soil with leaf mold in the spring. Once flowering has finished cut the flowering shoots back to ground level.
If you require further Polemonium plants, then they can be propagated by carefully division in the spring. Or allow them to self and set seed in situ.
The Polemonium plant genus contains about 25 to 40 species.
Yes! Polemonium plants are often used in borders and rock gardens. They have beautiful, delicate flowers and striking ladder-like leaf arrangements.
The most frequently grown species is Polemonium caeruleum (Blue Jacob's Ladder). It has charming clusters of blue, bell-shaped flowers.
Some species of Polemonium, like Polemonium caeruleum, have a light, sweet fragrance that can be a delightful addition to your garden.
Polemonium prefer part shade to full sun, and well-drained, rich soil. They appreciate a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Currently, Polemonium plants are not listed as invasive in the USA. They are usually well-behaved in garden settings.
If you need to remove Polemonium, simply dig up the entire plant, ensuring to remove all the roots to prevent it from regrowing.
The Polemonium genus, commonly referred to as Jacob's Ladder or Greek Valerian, belongs to the Polemoniaceae family. These attractive perennials are celebrated for their pinnate leaves and clusters of bell-shaped flowers.
These plants prefer partial shade, though some species can handle full sun if the soil is kept consistently moist. Well-drained soil enriched with organic matter is best. Plant in early spring or fall for charming additions to woodland gardens or borders.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Polemonium plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Gilia, Alchemilla alpina, Leontopodium plant, and Cobaea plants.