Stairway to Heaven Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder 'Stairway to Heaven' (Polemonium reptans 'Stariway to Heaven')
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The 'Stairway to Heaven' Jacob's Ladder perennial has incredible variegated foliage with cream edges (and pink flushes in spring) and a nice cool green color. The plant likes full or partial shade in rich well-drained soils for it to grow best. This is an excellent border plant to use under trees and shrubs or even in pots. The flowers are an intense blue and born above the foliage at about 16" tall. The flowers are produced from April through June. This plant has good vigor for a variegated form. Hardiness zone 4.

Planting & Care for Jacob’s Ladder

Preparation

  • The plant likes full or partial shade in rich well-drained soils for it to grow best.
  • This is an excellent border plant to use under trees and shrubs or even in pots.
  • The flowers are an intense blue and born above the foliage at about 16" tall.
  • The flowers are produced from April through June.
  • This has good vigor for a variegated form.
  • Hardiness zone 4.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove. You’re now ready to plant.
  • Scroll down to an orange rectangular box and click on “Handling & Plant Guidelines” for illustration on planting each of these types.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • As blooms wither, pinch or cut them from the stems to keep the plant looking good and to prevent seed formation.
  • Remove the entire stem down into the foliage when all flowers are finished. To keep Jacob's Ladder looking fresh and encourage new growth, cut the entire plant back to 2 or 3 inches in its dormancy. Watch our help video to see how it’s done.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Jacob’s Ladder

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The 'Stairway to Heaven' Jacob's Ladder perennial has incredible variegated foliage with cream edges (and pink flushes in spring) and nice cool green.
  • The plant likes full or partial shade in rich well-drained soils for it to grow best.
  • This is an excellent border plant to use under trees and shrubs or even in pots.
  • The flowers are an intense blue and born above the foliage at about 16" tall.
  • The flowers are produced from April through June.
  • This has good vigor for a variegated form.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • As blooms wither, pinch or cut them from the stems to keep the plant looking good and to prevent seed formation.
  • Remove the entire stem down into the foliage when all flowers are finished. To keep Jacob's Ladder looking fresh and encourage new growth, cut the entire plant back to 2 or 3 inches in its dormancy. Watch our help video to see how it’s done. 

How to plant containers

 

Pruning Perennials in their Dormancy

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-8

Bloom Time: April - June
Color: Blue, Green, Pink, White
Plant Size: 16" tall x 16" wide
Flower Color: Purple-blue
Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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