Bleeding heart plant shrinking - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dmacklin
July 8, 2010
My bleeding heart was big and beautiful until the past couple of years. Now it looks like a baby plant. It only got about the size of a basketball this year and had only a couple of blossoms. Do I need to divide it, or move it or something? Nothing about the area has changed, only the plant. Thank you for this forum. It is so helpful.

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
Sounds like you need to dig and divide your bleeding heart plant. Wait until the foliage dies down on its own, then dig the root system and divide it. While you have it out of the ground, take the opportunity to amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to help revitalize the planting area. Depending upon the size of the clump you can divide it into 3 or more separate plants. Replant these with enough space to expand without crowding or give a few of them away and replant only one of the divisions back into your garden. Next year it should grow and flower profusely for you. Enjoy!

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