The Q&A Archives: How can I start a new plant?

Question: I have a beautiful bleeding heart. I would like to give my daughter a shoot from this plant. Should it be rooted in water or in soil. Please advise.

Answer: Bleeding heart does not root well from cuttings but there's no reason that you can't try. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and set it in moist potting soil. Keep it in a shady spot outdoors and keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Bleeding heart is easy to start from seeds and usually will self sow in the garden, or you can divide your plant with a sharp shovel. Just dig down through the roots and remove a portion of your plant. As long as each division has both roots and green tops it will survive. You might even try all three of these methods to see which works best for you. Good luck with your propagaton project!

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