The Q&A Archives: Time Of Year To Plant

Question: I went to Green Thumb today and asked if they had the Monrovia Luxuirant Fringed Bleeding Heart and was told that this is the wrong time of year to plant bleeding hearts. What is the appropriate time of year to plant in Ventura?

Thank you for your help.

Leora Pendleton

Answer: Dicentra, or Bleeding Heart, is an interesting plant in that it grows quickly in the spring, flowers in early summer, and then the top of the plant dies down. The roots rest until the following spring and it's then that they produce new stems and flowers. It's best to plant Dicentra roots in fall or winter (they're sold in sawdust packed boxes, just like bare-root roses).

Hope this answers your question!

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