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Planting Instructions for Pinellia (green dragon):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but well-drained, woodland type soil Moisture:  Average to moist
Planting Depth:  Top of bulb 1/2 to 1" below soil, mulch lightly Spacing:  12 to 15"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Pinellia bulbs prefer to be slightly dry when dormant, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag you should open it and let it air out. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Pinellia in part shade to full shade in loose and airy, humus-rich, moist but well-draining woodland type soil. They will spread by seed to form a dense colony so work well when naturalized in the shade garden.

Moisture:  Pinellia like to be moist but not overly wet and are relatively drought tolerant.

Spacing:  12 to 15", will spread by seed to form a dense colony

Depth:  Plant your Pinellia with the pointed bulb tip upward about 1/2 to 1" below soil level. The bulb should not be showing and you can mulch lightly after planting.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting area. Plant the bulbs at the depth listed, then water in once lightly. Pinellia will emerge somewhat late compared to other plants and don't need supplemental water while dormant. Once sprouted water 2 to 3 times a week as needed to prevent them from wilting.

Landscape Uses:  Pinellia is very similar to Jack in the pulpits (Arisaema) and works well in the woodland garden with hostas, ferns, astilbe, and other woodland plants, or as a ground cover around trees and shrubs. They work well when allowed to naturalize in a shady area.

Plants bloom almost continuously through the summer and set seed often. Those seeds tend to drop in the general vicinity of the mother plant and will sprout the same season producing many small plantlets. Pinellia 'Dragon Tails', also known as Pinellia 'Golden Dragon', has bright yellow splashed foliage and the seedlings are very easy to see, even at a young age. These develop into small bulbs that can be weeded easily, transplanted, or allowed to naturalize, forming a dense colony.

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