What can I do to prepare and protect the plant from periods of freezing temperatures?
If you are in zones 7 and up, it will require no extra care. If you are outside of this range then the best method is to bring it inside. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ligularia/leopard-plant-care.htm
Hi can someone please advise me on what to do with my leopard plants as they are turning all green loosing all the spots and not coming Back !!! Is this a normal thing to happen? I just don’t know what to do as I love the spots on them .... PLEASE help Thank you Ivone.
Sometimes this just happens as the plant loses old growth and gains new growth. Some Variegation patterns can be lost on portions of the plant without the mutation. The only way for it to come back will be if a portion of the variegated root mass, or stem, depending on which type of variegation it has, shoots out new growth. With time, you could see it return, or it may turn completely green. This will be a waiting game now.
I have seeds for the above plant. There is an almost fan on one end and a small stem on the other. How do you plant these seeds? Which end in soil? I am assuming the fan end goes in soil and I understand the compost and peat moss should be added? Should they be started in a greenhouse first then transplanted? Houseplant?
These plants are relatively easy to start from seed, and since you are within their hardiness range it will likely self seed after the first year.
If you want to give it the best chance, then start the seed in container several weeks before the last frost and leave them outside. They need a cold period to break dormancy, so this will help.
Alternatively, you can place them in the refrigerator for several weeks prior to planting.
Outside of this, seed care is minimal. Plant the seed sideways, and cover with a thin layer of soil. Just keep the soil slightly moist with a slight dry out period in between.
Each year, add fresh compost if needed. This article will offer more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ligularia/leopard-plant-care.htm
What care is needed after bloom is finished
Let the lilies go to seed. The seed pods look a lot like blackberries and thus the name. That will give you some fall and winter interest in the garden.