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BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

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.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,344

    Likes shade and moisture, typical woodlander.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Thanks, didn't want to lose it.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    The next job is picking off the saw-fly larvae

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,489

    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!

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    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.

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    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.

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,922

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

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

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

  • 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

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