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Question: How to care for a bleeding heart? Where to plant?

Answer: Bleeding hearts like a well drained, shady location. Moist soil is OK, wet or waterlogged is not. I would suggest you work in some organic matter such as compost to improve the soil structure and to provide nourishment for the soil and therefore, the plant. You can use compost from your household "heap" or purchase compost from a retail oulet/garden center. Mushroom compost, composted cow manure, or leaf mould would all work well. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis), the upright species with long, arching flower stems) naturally goes dormant in the summertime, essentially dying right down to the ground by July. New growth will appear the following spring.

Best wishes with your bleeding heart plant!

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