Pruning Bleeding hearts - Knowledgebase Question

Boston, MA
Question by DrLynda
August 20, 2007
I have two bleeding heart plants that I love; however they are taking over my flower bed. Is it possible to prune them without damaging the plant for the next season?

Thank you,

Lynda Parham

Answer from NGA
August 20, 2007


Cutting them back slightly at this time won't hurt the plants. While you can prune them back, most bleeding hearts will die down on their own in late summer. At this time you can take the opportunity to dig and divide the roots. You'll end up with smaller plants that will better fit the area.
Best wishes with your garden!

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