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A Chinese plant with red heart-shaped flowers with white tips - these dangle enticingly from the arching flower stems of this delightful plant in late spring and early summer. Although it grows in light shade and looks good growing in clumps amongst shrubs, it often does even better in a sunny border, provided the soil stays sufficiently moist. Clumps of dicentra remain compact for many years and do not need dividing, fortunately, because they have brittle roots and do not like disturbance - instead, try taking root cuttings in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
i love my bleeding heart. It brightens up a partially shady spot in the garden with a burst of colour. I love it until it dies away in the late summer leaving a rather sad gap throughout the autumn. Does anyone have any suggestions for how i can fill this? Should i put in a bedding plant when it starts to go or are there any suitable autumn flowering bulbs?
I love my bleeding heart however. The dead flowers are leaving pods behind that are still attached to the arch, I have dissected one and it seems to have about 5-8 seedsis this right? And how is best to cultivate them.
Seed Collecting: you can use a clear bag over seed heads to capture ripening seed. Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds. You can sow direct outdoors or in pots in the autumn
I bought a large bleeding heart in late spring in full bloom, it has flowered well but once the flowers finished it looks as if it is dying, is this normal?
I bought a dicentra spectabilis after seeing it in your magazine. Unfortunately I left it in the greenhouse and was caught out by the unseasonably hot weather yesterday and now its all shrivelled and looks as if its about to die. Can I plant the rhizome in the garden or will the plant die completely?
Just bought one of these and planted it today - am now panicking that ive planted it too early and I love it so so much :(
I love this plant,I knew it as bleeding hearts,If you turn the flower upside down it looks like a lady with a dress on,plants like it to be damp so keep well waterd.
Look closer at the upside down flower and you will see a 'Lady in the Bath!'- another of it's old names.
Bought these as roots few years back. Absolute beautiful. The detail, shape and colour in those petit little hearts mind me of a baby's in the womb 💕
I saw a programme or red article bout them needing dividing every 2/3ys which goes against the advice above. However I now have 2 and they continue to mesmerise me even with abuse they take from my chickens. I just wish they lasted bit longer; like all year 😙
I have "bleeding hearts" and a few of them are in the wrong place. Also, the bed where they are, needs the soil improving considerably. They flowered well this year but I don't know when is the best time to move them and condition my soil. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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