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Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium

Jacob's ladder is a plant that belongs to the genus Polemonium, which includes several species of herbaceous perennials. The plant is native to North America and is commonly grown for its attractive foliage and colorful flowers.

The leaves of Jacob's ladder plant are arranged in a ladder-like pattern, which gives the plant its common name. The leaves are typically pinnate, with numerous leaflets arranged in pairs along the stem. The flowers are bell-shaped and can be blue to purple.

Jacob's ladder plants grow best in partially shaded to full shaded areas that receive morning sun and afternoon shade. They prefer moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. They are native to North America and grow in woodland areas, stream banks, and other damp, shaded locations. Jacob's ladder is a cold-hardy plant and can tolerate frost and cold temperatures.

Jacob's ladder plants prefer moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade. They are relatively easy to grow and can be propagated by division or seed. The plants are often used in borders, woodland gardens, and ground cover. In addition to their ornamental value, some species of Jacob's ladder have been used in traditional medicine for their medicinal properties.

How to grow and plant Jacob's Ladder 

  1. Choose a planting location: Jacob's ladder prefers a partially-shaded or full-shaded area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The soil should be well-draining and moist.
  2. Prepare the soil: Remove any weeds, rocks, or debris from the planting site. You can mix in organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve the soil structure and fertility.
  3. Planting: Plant Jacob's ladder seeds in the spring or fall, or you can also plant a young plant from a nursery. Dig a hole as deep as the root and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole and cover it with soil. Make sure to space the plants 12-18 inches apart to allow enough room for growth.
  4. Watering: Regularly water the newly planted Jacob's ladder, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. Once established, the plant can tolerate periods of drought.
  5. Fertilizing: Fertilize the plant in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer or organic compost. Avoid fertilizing in the fall, as this can stimulate new growth that frost may damage.
  6. Maintenance: Deadhead the spent blooms to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back the foliage in the fall to prevent insect development and encourage new growth in the spring.

By following these simple steps, you can grow Jacob's ladder in your garden successfully.

  • USDA Zones 4-8
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  • Color: Purple, Blue
  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Ships As: Plug/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
4.0 Based on 3 reviews
  • 4
    Jacobs ladder plants (set of 3 in pkg)

    Jun 01, 2024 Reviewer: Denise Finkler-Hammond

    Received the order within 10 days of ordering. Plants arrived as roots in a plastic bag with instructions. Great value for the price. Can't wait to see them in bloom!

  • 3

    Mar 10, 2024 Reviewer: Mary Jo

    Plants arrived promptly however bag was not sealed, roots dry. Instruction said to keep moist ?? Planted anyway, hope they grow.

  • 5
    Jacobs ladder

    Jun 02, 2023 Reviewer: Savannah H

    Received three healthy bare roots. Roots were moist and viable. The price is reasonable for the quality/quantity of bare roots. Shipping is fast as always and customer service is quick to respond