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Name: Linda
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Freedombelle
Nov 19, 2016 5:30 PM CST
My new Bleeding Heart that was planted this fall, it is against the house and mulched well, I have it covered with a
metal bucket- is that a good or bad idea to protect it through winter since it will be it`s first winter? Was wondering if it
does more harm than good.....worry about suffocating it.
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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 19, 2016 5:45 PM CST
They are hardy to zone 3 so being next to the house and being mulched should be enough. I'm thinking the metal bucket would attract and hold more cold.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Nov 19, 2016 6:50 PM CST
greene said:They are hardy to zone 3 so being next to the house and being mulched should be enough. I'm thinking the metal bucket would attract and hold more cold.


Thank you Greene, appreciate your answer. Thank You!
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Weedwhacker
Nov 19, 2016 9:24 PM CST
I agree with Greene, Linda -- I have bleeding heart plants (also planted near my house) and they are perfectly hardy for me; no problems even with our terrible winter several years ago, when we had temps below 0 for extended periods of time and frost down to at least 6 feet in the ground.

I should probably add, though, that mine are the "old fashioned" type (Dicentra spectabilis). I've never grown the newer versions, so I'm not sure if they are as hardy.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Nov 19, 2016 9:46 PM CST
Thank you Weedwhacker, our winter is likely as bad as yours, and I think my Bleeding Heart is just the kind
you have. This is the first one I ever had so I was not sure if I had to pamper and baby it, but sounds like
a tough plant....they look so fragile! When I first moved into my other house years ago in the front there was
already Bleeding Hearts and Ferns, I think recently planted in part of prep to sell the house and they were planted
in a very very rock garden in full sun, all day sun.....they kind of fried, but I salvaged all the ferns, I dug them all
out (tough to do in all those rocks) and planted them in shade, and they flourished and spores made many more,
but those Bleeding Hearts were doomed. My sister in law says she has tons of them and will give me some in the spring.
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