Gardening Questions And Answers
Technically, you can move bleeding heart anytime, but it is less stressful for the plant if you do it in early spring or fall. If the plant is suffering in its current location, cut back any stems and foliage and transplant it to a new location. Bleeding heart plants are typically divided every three to […]
Bleeding hearts can be found growing wild around North America and are common old-fashioned garden choices too. These perennials tend to die back when temperatures get too hot, signaling it is time for dormancy. Yellowing bleeding heart plants in mid-summer are part of the life cycle and completely normal.
When you purchase or are given bleeding heart tubers, plant only the pieces that are fleshy; dried up brittle pieces will most likely not grow. Each piece that is planted, should have 1-2 eyes, which will be planted facing upward. Plant tubers about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) deep, and about 24-36 inches (61-91 cm.)
Bleeding heart plants are perennials. While their foliage dies back with the frost, their rhizomatous roots survive through the winter and put up new growth in the spring. It is because of this yearly dieback, pruning a bleeding heart to keep it in check or to form a particular shape is not necessary.
Dicentra formosa (Pacific Bleeding Heart) receives nutrition through its roots and, primarily, photosynthesis. The roots of the Pacific Bleeding Heart are six inches at a minimum in length. From the roots, the Pacific Bleeding Heart receives nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.