Members of the Polygonatum are hardy perennials. They vary widely in height, with some members reaching about 1.2 m (4 feet) in height.
They bloom in the first months of summer, when they carry clusters of small hanging white tubular flowers.
Polygonatum are ideal plants to grow in mass.
A common name for Polygonatum is Solomon's Seal.
Scientific names include: Polygonatum multiflorum, P. variegatum, P. biflorum, P. verticillatum, P. odoratum variegatum, P. hybridum, and P. commutatum.
As Polygonatum is a Asparagaceae, it is closely related to Yucca plants, Brimeura Plants, Chionodoxa plants, Ornithogalum nutans, and Blue Bells.
Polygonatum odoratum by Roberto Verzo.
Polygonatum multiflorum by Sonja Pauen.
Solomon's seal can either be grown from roots, bury 5 cm (2 inches) deep, or from seeds.
If growing from seed, then sow in flats in the spring. The flats should initially be wrapped in a plastic bag, and kept in the fridge for three weeks or so.
Upon removing from the (fridge and plastic bag), the flat should be sank into a shady part of the garden. this should then be covered with glass.
It can take anything from one month to one and a half years for Polygonatum to germinate.
Once the seedlings emerge, transplant them into a shady or partially shaded part of the garden. Use a spacing of about 50 cm (20 inches).
Ideally the soil should be moist, light, and slightly acidic (pH 6 to 7).
It is easy to care for Polygonatum related members. They like a moist soil, so keep well watered. Apply a top dressing of manure at the start of spring. Provide them with an occasional feed.
If you require more plants, then Polygonatum can be propagated by division in the spring.
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