Arisaema triphyllum Jack-in-the Pulpit
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Arisaema triphyllum
Organic Material - Jack in the Pulpits do best with a layer of leave humus/organic material.
To Produce Seed - Provide a shady woodland garden, a consistent layer of mulch and adequate moisture during dry spells.
Family - Araceae
Raising Arisaema triphyllum from seed
Jack- in- the - Pulpits seedlings are very slow growing, they start off as one "blade of grass" and after three months look like this. The above picture was taken at the end of last season (2010).
January 28, 2011 - I have 21 sprouting Jack-in-the Pulpit plants!
January 26, 2011 - Second order of seeds arrived, they will be kept in cold storage until April 26, 2011.
January 13, 2011 - After one month of warm storage, the Jack-in-the Pulpits sprouted!!
October 18, 2010 - Jack- in - the Pulpit seeds put into cold storage for 60 days
Wildlife Significance Jack-in-the Pulpit
Pollination - By Fungus gnats. I wasn't exactly sure what a Fungus gnat was - this is what the University of California Agriculture online site had to say.
" Although larvae of these species may feed on plant roots outdoors, none causes serious damage outside the home. Any root feeding by these species in gardens or landscapes is usually minor in comparison with their beneficial role as decomposers in helping to convert dead vegetation into nutrients for plant growth."
Deer - Do not enjoy this plant
Leaves and Berries - Popular with Wild Turkeys and the Wood Thrush. Since our nursery is in as suburban neighborhood, this is hearsay and not first-hand knowledge
For detailed information on this plant, visit the Illinois Wildflower website
Propagation Notes Arisaema triphyllum
Instructions for propagating Jack in the Pulpit said... 60 days cold, moist storage followed by 60 days of warms moist storage then back in the refrigerator for 2 more months. My Jacks couldn't wait for spring and sprouted after their first round in the refrigerator. February 21, 2011 - Spring is just around the corner. Our Jack-in-the Pulpit plants are now 7 weeks old. They will stay just about this size during the entire 2011 growing season.
Raising wildflowers takes a great deal of patience, these Jack - in - the pulpits will not be marketable until the spring of 2012. Luckily, most of our plants don't mature this slowly.