The Q&A Archives: Bleeding Heart trouble

Question: I have a bleeding heart plant, and each yesr, after itblossoms, the plant entirely dies back and is gone till the following year. It is planted in part shade, part sun, is 4 years old, and right now, is beautiful. Aren't they suppsoed to last longer than a month? Should I be treating it with some food or something?

Answer: What you are describing sounds reasonable for this plant. Dicentra spectabilis normally dies back each summer when the weather turns warm. Allow the foliage to fully mature and discolor before you remove it, this is how the plant rebuilds itself to bloom again the next year. Keeping the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet, may help extend the foliage season but will not prevent it from dieing back.

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