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Boise, Idaho
Sarahtil87
May 6, 2018 12:36 PM CST
Hello,

I have what I believe to be a bleeding heart bush, and it is growing rather oddly. It started this spring with straight stems and looked very robust and healthy. As the plant got bigger, the stems began to grow at odd angles and at one point were laying on the ground. I thought the plant was going to die but it seems like it might live. Included are pictures of the curved stems and what it looks like today. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong with it? Thank you.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Possible to little or to much water.
Did you get a cold streak, frost, or sudden change in weather ?
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 6, 2018 1:02 PM CST
Have any herbicides been used nearby?
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 1:47 PM CST
sooby said:Have any herbicides been used nearby?


1st thing I thought of also. Or did you fertilize it?

Boise, Idaho
Sarahtil87
May 6, 2018 2:45 PM CST
I sprayed a broad leaf killer in the grass about a month ago. Have not fertilized. And as far as water goes, it gets water from the sprinklers every night. How much water is needed? The plants around it don't seem to be bothered by the amount of water...
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
May 6, 2018 3:41 PM CST
My suspicion is that it got a bit of herbicide drift, which would explain the curling and distortion.
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
Hostas Foliage Fan Bromeliad Heucheras Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 4:16 PM CST
sooby said:My suspicion is that it got a bit of herbicide drift, which would explain the curling and distortion.


Very possible. It may or may not survive. If it survives it should be fine next year. I wouldn't let it discourage me from using herbicides where needed though. Just be more careful in future.
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Starfishmomma
May 7, 2018 11:58 AM CST
I had a bleeding heart that was floppy, but not kinky, so the following year I put a wire hanging basket (with large spaces) over the clump and the branches that grew through had that tiny bit of support around the bottom. It looked just that bit better and allowed a bit of space around the bottom.

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