Does anyone grow Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema )(aroid family). I have been trying for 3 years to grow some and have had little success. I have researched the web and found a lot of information, but only the basics of growing them. In my experience, they will start to sprout, then they die off.
This year starting last fall, I purchased some of the Botanical Wonders bulbs and when I got them home, immediately put them in the refrigerator and left them there all winter, recently taking them out and placing them into pots with rich, loose soil and have watered them very lightly this time instead of the heavier waterings that I gave them in my earlier attempts. So far, one of them has sprouted a 1/2" growth tip and has not dampened off or turned brown (it's purple) and that's a good sign.
They are being kept on my patio mostly shaded by other plants and the temp range at this time is 50 to 75 degrees F.
Any info from experienced growers would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to grow them for my dear old Dad who will soon be turning 87 and he speaks often and fondly of seeing them Wisconsin where he grew up. I am slowly but surely getting him addicted to cp's and he still insists that this plant is a cp. I resist arguing with him that they are not cp's, but he likes to think that they are, and at his age, he's entitled to believe anything he wants, he has earned it. On the other hand, I may be wrong and he may be right; it wouldn't be the first time.