Solomon's Seal: Care Tips for Gardeners

by Ari Koufos 05/09/2022

Solomon's seal is a North American native plant popular in shady gardens. The elegant stems and small flowers spread out to cover the ground to create a lush, woodland setting in any yard. If you're interested in growing Solomon's seal in your own garden, here are some essential care tips to know:

Light

Solomon's seal plants natural environment is the shade or dappled sunlight beneath large trees. The ideal place to plant them in your own garden should have partial to full shade. However, if you live in a cooler climate, the plant can tolerate more sun throughout the year. In warmer regions, Solomon's seal are best kept entirely shaded.

Water

Solomon's seal prefers evenly moist soil. However, it's important for the soil to drain rather than become soggy. You'll want to regularly water young plants until they get fully established, but mature plants are more forgiving of brief periods of dryness. If you live in a particularly dry region, drip irrigation can be helpful for keeping this plant happy even in the shade.

Temperature & Humidity

While the many species of Solomon's seal grow across a wide range of hardiness zones, they prefer cool temperatures and moderate humidity. This plant will thrive in temperate, shady gardens shielded from dry winds and hot sun. Using mulch around the plants is a great way to regulate the soil temperature and keep the roots cool in warmer weather. Mulch will also aid in insulating the roots during the winter when the plant goes dormant.

Pruning & Maintenance

Luckily, the Solomon's seal plant doesn't require regular maintenance beyond watering. The flowers are all small and will drop off by themselves when they wilt, meaning no need for deadheading. You won't need to trim back or prune any foliage unless it manages to overgrow its allotted space. However, it's a moderately slow grower, so you may not encounter this issue for many years. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful foliage until the plant dies back after the first frost.

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Ari Koufos

I have been selling Real Estate in the Greater Boston Area since 1997. I am the Co-Founder & Current Broker/Owner of Realty Executives in Watertown. A lifelong resident of Watertown which I still reside with my Wife Debra and my Twins Emily & Christopher.  I am a  supporter of many local & national charities. One of my most rewarding fundraisers was as a rider in the PanMass Challenge in 2010,2011,2015 & 2016 raising over $50,000 over those 4 years for the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund. I am a 1988 Graduate of Bentley University in Waltham. I have extensive knowledge of all types of Real Estate participating in over 1000 transactions. I also have New Construction experience & specialize in condo conversions.  

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