Bleeding Heart Blues

SouthernnewbieAugust 3, 2014

In early spring I planted a bleeding heart in my shade garden under our huge live oaks. It grew well and seemed fine until July. No matter how much I watered it, it died. As my forum name suggests, I am a newbie to the South. Did I make a crucial beginner's mistake with my bleeding heart?

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Old-fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra Spectabilis) naturally goes dormant by midsummer - it's the nature of the plant, it's what it does, and you cant stop it with watering or any other treatments.

It'll be back next spring better than ever. What is best is that bleeding heart not be a front and center focal point specimen - plant something in front of it so you won't have a gap in your garden when it's time to cut down the yellowed out bleeding heart

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 11:34AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Southern in the south, the heat makes bleeding heart do its dormancy much sooner than midsummer. Tell ya a story.. in Feb I was cleaning up the border where I had a wonderful white bleeding heart.
I collected and took the trash of sticks and leaves and tossed it on the brush pile in the forest behind the house.
Hubby died in April and back from his funeral I noticed something white, not in the ground back in the forest.

That white bleeding heart hung up among branches and brush was blooming it's fool head off upside down. I never knew I had pulled it out and tossed it until that sad time.

Moral of the story.. next spring when yours blooms, put some sort of stake marker because it's going to die back and disappear until the following spring.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 7:24PM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

Dottie, I am sorry to hear about your husband. :(

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 8:46PM
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That is a wonderful story Dottie.
Thanks for sharing that.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 10:30PM
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