Cottage Gardening forum: Dicentra spectabilis- Bleeding Heart

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jun 14, 2011 1:42 PM CST
Have you ever divided a mature Bleeding Heart? Today I endeavored upon moving a big one, and was shocked at the huge mass of fat, brittle roots! It was so big this spring that it nearly covered the path that leads to my entry, so it had to be moved. The funny thing is that I had this idea to move it 3 years ago, and thought I had done just that, but apparently I had left pieces of root in the ground that decided to grow. They ended up being a lot bigger than the original plant. I ended up with 4 large divisions and got them replanted in homes I think will be better suited.

This pic was taken last year, I think it doubled in size this spring. Thumb of 2011-06-14/gemini_sage/a06af6
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NF2932
Jun 16, 2011 9:05 PM CST
gemini_sage.... wow!! That is a beautiful specimen!! I just love these plants. They remind me of my childhood and my fathers garden. No ... I have never divided one... but I was thinking of trying to grow one in a pot because I have pretty much used up all my garden space.... my sweet husband built me a little outdoor sanctuary with shade cloth covering it along the side of our home. We have a pretty little fountain there and lots of shade/moisture loving plants. As I live in Southern California... I need to provide extra shade and moisture for certain plants and the bleeding heart would most definately prefer it there. I wonder how well the plant would do... sounds like they have lots of roots and need to really spread out... although most plants are amazingly adaptive. I just love the cottage garden style and these plants really represent that nicely.....Thanks for sharing the picture.... glad you succeeded in moving them all. Now you will have years of lovely flowers to look forward to!! Nancy
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 17, 2011 2:59 AM CST
I have moved one. Roots as large as my forearm.
Dont sweat it. The plant broke into pieces and I just winged it and planted half the thing. It is huge now and I will have to dig it again due to invasive tendencies the branches are shading astilbes.
Its 3 years since it was transplanted. Pieces of roots left at the old site are making new plants.
I had no idea the plant was so stridant.
I might have to take the whole thing and put it on the back hill.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jun 17, 2011 5:47 AM CST
Nancy, I believe Bleeding Hearts will tolerate some sun if they get plenty of moisture. Here they go dormant pretty quickly once the temps go up- we had a couple of weeks of days in the 90s and this big one started yellowing, which is what gave me the idea to go ahead and divide and move it. They exemplify the cottage style to me too, old fashioned and graceful, which I just love.

JoAnn, I don't know how one would go about getting all those roots out of the ground, they're so fleshy and brittle they break off with the least bit of pressure. I'm very curious what's going to show up there next spring. I guess if a plant is going to be extra persistent, I'm glad it's one I love so much.
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ge1836
Jun 17, 2011 6:04 AM CST
I believe the larger pieces made little plants. I am going to dig my monster after I have a bunch of women over for an afternoon in the garde.
Name: Bev
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tggfisk
Jun 17, 2011 8:52 AM CST
That's inspiring, Neal! I have some bleeding heart that's been in the ground for years and never even thought about dividing it...I have just the place for some new roots to go, too. Thanks for the picture and the idea.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jun 18, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Bev, this one has only been in this spot for 4 years, so I'll bet you'll have a huge mass of roots, and plenty of divisions. If it hadn't started eating my path, I don't think I would have thought to divide it either.
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tggfisk
Jun 21, 2011 7:06 AM CST
I'm thinking that I'll give it a try today. I've got two garden areas that must be reworked, both of them are shady areas. I also found another spring bloomer yesterday to go into the same bed-Tiarella Pink Skyrocket...half price at Lowe's. Hopefully I'll find lots of dicentra in there to be transplanted. I can only dream of them eating a path. Sticking tongue out
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woodthrush
Jul 28, 2011 8:37 PM CST
We move our biggest one about 10 years ago. All the broken bits of roots left behind sprouts over the next few years. We get a lot of seedlings too.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jul 29, 2011 3:05 PM CST
I have never found the first seedling. I wonder what they require to germinate?
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doglover
Feb 22, 2012 12:57 AM CST
Here is a few picures of some of my bleeding hearts. The pink one constantly is sending out seedling. Take a close look at your bleeding heart early summer and see if you find the little "pea like" seed pods. I have not seen any on the Gold Heart bleeding heart. Easy to divide and they bounce back so easy. I have rich black soil and they just love it.
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Gold Heart bleeding heart



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Pink

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Alba
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Gold Heart in bloom
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Feb 22, 2012 6:20 AM CST
Just beautiful, Doglover! Hurray!

Love the lushness of your gardens. That is such a gorgeous Dicentra!! Thumbs up

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clintbrown
Feb 22, 2012 5:48 PM CST
I want the new one with red blooms called 'Valentine.' I think I'll wait until I can buy the actual growing plant though. I've had trouble with the roots not making plants when I buy them bare root. Your plant looks awesome!
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Weedwhacker
Feb 24, 2012 4:18 PM CST
I love bleeding hearts, too -- I have the old-fashioned type and have had the same experience with trying to transplant, roots are very brittle but I'm not sure it's possible to kill these plants, just stick whatever you have back in the ground and they will grow! I get tons of seedlings each year as well, and from my original pink plant I now have both pink and white-flowered bleeding hearts. The seed pods form where each flower is, so don't be too diligent about dead-heading ! (Never a problem for me Hilarious! )


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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Feb 24, 2012 5:22 PM CST
Sandy, yours are so beautiful!!! Lovey dubby

Love the white and pink together.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Feb 24, 2012 6:18 PM CST
We last ours about 10 yrs ago. I really want to replace. Has anyone tried the 'burning heart' plants?
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tarev
Feb 24, 2012 7:10 PM CST
I have been growing my bleeding hearts in a container, and it truly is very resilient. A few weeks ago, I thought one container was empty and had been digging the soil only to find out there were some dormant roots there this winter. I was so afraid I may have killed it, but luckily it wasn't inspite of the accidental digging and cutting off some roots. It is now starting to wake up too Big Grin
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sandnsea2
Mar 20, 2012 4:42 PM CST
These just popped up.

Planted some whites and pinks bare-root last fall.




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Weedwhacker
Mar 20, 2012 8:32 PM CST
Mine are already poking up, as well -- this is very early, I hope they won't be damaged by cold weather that seems almost bound to come before it's really "spring" (even though today is the official first day). I love how easy it is to tell the pink-flowered from the white even as seedlings. Need to do some rearranging in my garden!
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