Leaves Falling Off "bleeding Heart" Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, CA
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Question by gaile1
January 22, 2002
I have a bleeding heart vine that was beautiful up until this fall. It is losing leaves left and right. I was under the understanding that it was an evergreen. Is it not getting enough light - it is in partial shade. I don't think it is getting to much water??? Help!!!!

Answer from NGA
January 22, 2002
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. Yours is acting naturally and as soon as it has rested sufficiently it will sprout new stems and foliage. Cut back the stems now, clipping them down to soil level. Dicentra prefers full to part afternoon shade and rich, light, moist, porous soil. Standing water around the roots will kill the plant. Water yours while it's actively growing, but don't water regularly while it's dormant. As soon as new sprouts appear you can resume a regular watering schedule for your Bleeding Heart.

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