The Q&A Archives: Bleeding Heart

Question: Where would the best place be to plant a Bleeding Heart? I have gotten pretty frustrated at this plant. It seems to grow very slow for me and I have had it for 3 years. Help!o

Answer: Dicentra, or Bleeding Heart, grows best in a shady bed, in rich, light, moist, porous soil. If your plant isn't thriving, you might want to prepare a special planting spot for it by digging a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the rootmass of the plant, and mixing some peatmoss or aged compost into the soil. Either of these materials will help loosen the soil and help retain moisture. Then plant your Bleeding Heart where it will receive mostly shade (morning sun is okay). Water regularly until the foliage begins to yellow and the plant starts going dormant. When the plant tops die back, you can stop watering, until the foliage sprouts again in the spring.

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