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21/05/2013 at 16:58

I have just come into possesion of a lovely strong looking solomion's seal plant, complete with it's lovely drooping white flowers.  Where should it go?  I've never had one before, does it like shade, damp, good drainage - advice please.

21/05/2013 at 17:26

Likes shade and moisture, typical woodlander.

21/05/2013 at 17:39

Thanks, didn't want to lose it.

21/05/2013 at 17:42

The next job is picking off the saw-fly larvae

21/05/2013 at 19:01

It's actually pretty good natured so long as it's not in full sun. I've had it in dry shade, but it prefers it moist really. Only problem I had was when the deer ate it!

21/05/2013 at 19:14

Agree with nutcutlet, do keep an eye out for sawfly larvae - they can strip it to the bone in no time. But they're pretty forgiving, if I've missed the sawfly, I just cut the carcases down, and they pop up again next year. I've got some in deep shade, and some in dappled shade, neither soil is particularly moist,  all seem happy, and gently increase year on year.

21/05/2013 at 19:56

Particularly happy in my heavy clay damp part of garden,in total shade.

21/05/2013 at 20:41

They come back next year figrat but I had solomon's seal for about 5 years before the saw-flies realised. I know what a wonderful yellow it turns in late summer.

21/05/2013 at 22:19

Its not just saw-flies I get lily beatles too .

22/05/2013 at 06:51

I must be very lucky,mines never been touched by anything,I,ve had it years.

29/06/2013 at 11:05

My solomons seal is thriving in the hottest, driest part of my front garden! Against all the 'rules' for solomon's seal. The saw fly caterpillars are always a major menace, but the plants come up fine year after year

29/06/2013 at 11:46

Mine are in pretty dry stony soil and don't have the shade they used to before some willows were felled. But they haven't had much sun to cope with since then and plenty of water. I shall see what happens next, may need to move them, might benefit from a split up, It's a huge clump now and I can't reach to puck off the sawfly larvae in the middle

29/06/2013 at 12:38

Hi. I have grown Solomons Seal for many years and always sadly that sawfly has been a bind. I gave up on the standard one but still have a variegated form. As a matter of interest consider also the very similar ( except for flowers) Smilacina racemosa which likes the same growing conditions for me. Its flowers form in a short plume at the very ends of the arching stems, these  are white and beautifully perfumed. I have had no sawfly probs with these.

29/06/2013 at 13:40

I had those at my last house and loved them but have failed with two attempts to get them started here. Maybe I'll give them another try

29/06/2013 at 13:46

Lovely plant Booker. I want to get it again as I've had it in previous gardens. Hope it does well for you.

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