Dicentra spectabilis--Bleeding Heart

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Dicentra spectabilis--Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart grows 2 to 4 feet tall. After flowering in the early season it dies down, leaving a gap in the garden. Once the foliage dies down it can be removed. The plant prefers fertile, light soils in sun or light shade. Bleeding heart likes lots of water in the spring and early summer. Do not expose the plant to strong wind. Bleeding heart may be potted up and forced into bloom inside.

Bleeding heart may be divided in October but the roots are brittle so use caution. Seed may be sown in late summer or early fall and may be stratified for 6 weeks at 4l degrees or less prior to planting. Root cuttings 3 inches long can be taken from large roots after the plant has flowered. Cuttings may be taken from young shoots soon after they have started spring growth.

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