Just wanted to post this as I can't believe how big the leaves get when they are in the ground. They never get this big for me when it is in a pot.
This usually doubles in size for me over the summer. Can't wait to dig it up as a lot of times the caudex is growing underground.
Those are impressive Sally. I think I will put some of my plants out next summer. I think the heat has caused a lot root damage that would be avoided with them in the ground. I have a new flower bed to put them in too!
I also have collected some seed from my J. podagrica. Do you think they should be planted now or can they wait until next spring?
Thanks Nancy. The soil has lots of amendments added over the years. I have used mostly pine bark mulch from the past 9 years I have been here. But I think too this old yard has probably had some soil imported since there were several mound type beds when I first move it. I have changed them to slightly raised beds with the stones. With the expansion of my deck I moved the soil from the area that is now under the deck and made this bed lots bigger. As you can see I still have some dirt to move. So the soil in my yard is a mixed bag without much of the famous red Georgia clay.
I finally got a snap shot of my plants. The leaves are big and it is producing seeds. Note the little mesh bag in the upper right over the seed pods. The caudex hasn't gotten to much bigger the past year or so though.
Just found the thread. I love my Jp and had no problem with seeds, every single one germinated and never failed. It was in June in Ohio, nice and warm, maybe just perfect combination of light/temps/rain? They are rather slow growing for me though, the plants shown are 2 y.o.
So Sally, do you grow them in-ground in PA? and digging up for the winter?
I still have my handful of seeds and plan on attempting to germinating them soon with a heat pad and artificial light. I am glad to hear you had good luck carpathiangirl getting them to grow. Wish me luck.