Plant Care jacob's ladder

jacob's ladder

About jacob's ladder

jacob's ladder is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

jacob's ladder likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

jacob's ladder belongs to the polemonium genus, and is native to Northern Asia and Europe.


Polemonium caeruleum

How to care for jacob's ladder


How often to water your jacob's ladder

Water needs for jacob's ladder
0.5 cups
every 9

jacob's ladder needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of jacob's ladder

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for jacob's ladder in your home

Light needs and placement for plant jacob's ladder: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

jacob's ladder love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

jacob's ladder does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize jacob's ladder

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for jacob's ladder: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your jacob's ladder after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

jacob's ladder is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for jacob's ladder

jacob's ladder

jacob's ladder

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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