The Italian Arum is a perennial plant that has glossy, grayish-green leaves and an ornamental, light green, inflorescence. It is an aroid and is related to the philodendron and the jack-in-the-pulpit. Grows in woodlands. Native to the Mediterranean region. Also known as the Italian lords-and-ladies. Hardy in zones 5-9.
Growing Instructions for the Italian Arum
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3-4 months. 2. The seeds like rich, moist soil. Fill a pot with potting soil. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the container. 5. Put the pot in a moist, shady location. 6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. The seeds may take up to 4 months to germinate. 7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.