The Q&A Archives: Bleeding Hearts

Question: DO I cut bleeding heart plants back in the fall? If so how much do I cut off? Thank You Mr. Paul Cahee

Answer: Bleeding Heart is Dicentra, a graceful plant with fern-like foliage. All plants go through a dormant period so the roots can rest. Most die down to soil level by mid-autumn. Just wait until they die down on their own and then rake the debris from your garden and mulch over the soil with compost, shredded leaves or straw to offer some winter protection to the roots of your plant.

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