Blooms of the bleeding heart plant (Dicentra spectabilis) appear in early spring bloom in the garden with attention-getting, heart-shaped flowers borne on arching stems. Attractive bluish-green color foliage emerges first as the plant wakes from dormancy. The flowers of the bleeding heart may be pink and white or solid white, as with the bleeding heart cultivar ‘Alba’.
Care for bleeding hearts includes keeping the soil consistently moist by regular watering. The bleeding heart plants are planted in organic soil in a shady or part shade area. Work compost into the plantation area before planting the bleeding heart plant in fall or spring.
Organic mulch breaks down over time to supply nutrients and helps retain moisture. Growing bleeding hearts need a humid, shady area for optimum bloom in warmer southern zone. But farther north, this specimen may bloom in a full sun location.
A herbaceous perennial, the bleeding heart plant dies when the heat of summer arrives. As the plant begins to yellow and wither away. Foliage may be cut back to the ground as a part of care for the bleeding heart. You are not supposed to remove the foliage before it turns yellow or brown. This is the time when yourplant is storing food reserves for next year’s growing plants.
Bleeding heart flower care includes regular and proper fertilization of the growing plant. When foliage emerges in spring, time-release plant food may be worked into the soil around the plant. As may additional compost. This is an important step in growing bleeding hearts, as it encourages more and longer-lasting blooms.
Many are surprised that growing bleeding hearts is so simple. Once you are aware of these and think how to grow bleeding hearts, you may want to use them to brighten dark and shady areas.
Seeds of the growing bleeding heart plant may add more plants to the garden, but the surest method of propagation is to divide clumps every few years. Be careful while digging up the roots of the bleeding heart, remove roots that are dried up, and divide the rest. Plant these bleeding plants int. other areas of the garden for an early spring show.