The Q&A Archives: Bleeding heart

Question: I have a bleeding heart plant that gets big in size (lots of leaves and branches) but only produces a really small amount of flowers (5-6). The planter bed it's in gets sun for half of the day and shade the rest of the time. What can I do to obtain more blooms?

Answer: There are only 3 reasons for bleeding heart not to flower; not enough light, overcrowding or too much nitrogen fertilizer. It sounds as though your plant is getting enough sunshine. Try withholding fertilizer. If it is planted near turfgrass, the nitrogen in the lawn fertilizer can adversely affect your bleeding heart. This is because nitrogen encourages lots of lush, green growth - but at the expense of flowers. If this describes the situation, I'd move the plant after the tops die down later this season, or very early next spring.

Good luck with your landscape!

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