How do I use jack-in -the-pulpit seed heads to propagate?

Lynn in Parkton, Maryland

After cultivating native jack-in-the-pulpit in one flower bed for years, I have now reached saturation. I have some other beds I would like to move them to, but do not know the best way. All the seed pods are red right now. Do I just spread the red bulbs on the ground, plant them, or break them apart?

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peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada(5a ON Canada)

Collect the seed pods when they are ready to fall off when lightly touched. You can wrap the remainder in a piece of pantyhose or cheese cloth to keep the birds from taking them if they are not all ready to harvest. When they are ready crush the red coating to reveal the seeds and plant 1/2" deep.

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Cathy Kaufell

Just let the seed drop next to the mother plant. After they germinate in the spring I'll move them out or pot them up for friends.

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Lynn in Parkton, Maryland

I was not sure how easy they were to transplant as the originals were hard to get started.

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ncrescue

The "coating" needs to be removed if you want next year germination. However, if you are not in a hurry, you can just drop them in the soil, and Mother Nature will take care of that. If you clean them, be sure to wear gloves, as the coating will cause an itching reaction in most people. They do not like to stay in pots very long, so plant out at least by the next fall after germination.

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