Planting Bleeding Hearts

The bleeding heart is probably one of the most fascinating flowering plants I’ve ever seen, I was introduced to them as a little girl by a very sweet neighbor lady who lived behind us.

Her name was Helen and I visited her on a weekly basis.  She was wonderful and at the rare age of six I can still remember her smile at my arrival, she was so patient and never bored listening to me chatter.

When her family moved her to the nursing home in another city it broke my heart.  I didn’t want her to go, she was such a light in our neighborhood and everybody loved her.  For awhile I wrote letters and eventually she became a memory.

When her property was later sold I stood by to watch a bulldozer crush it, this took less than an hour.  Tears formed my teenage eyes,  I just couldn’t comprehend how one sweet lady could be erased so quickly.

That moment taught me nothing lasts forever and to enjoy every moment as it happens. So whenever I see bleeding hearts I think of sweet Helen.


The other day while rushing through the nursery a package of bleeding heart roots grabbed my attention.  I tried planting these from root a few years ago but didn’t have any luck because I forgot about them.  Rule number one, never forget what you plant!

For some reason I decided to give them another try.  Rule number true gardeners, never give up!

Getting Started

When you purchase plants by root there will be instructions on the back of the label.  This is great news if intimidation is keeping you from moving forward with new fresh ideas.

Everything you need to know is right on the back of the label starting with when to plant. For us down south this is January – February.

The bleeding heart is a perennial meaning it will bloom year after year.  The maintenance is minimal so if you’re looking for something beautiful and unique for your garden this may be a good choice. I chose to plant in a container because I want to take these plants with me when our move approaches.

Container Planting Materials

  • Clay Pot
  • Package of Bleeding Heart Roots
  • Organic Outdoor Potting Soil
  • Fertilizer Tea (see link below)
  • Spade (hand shovel)

Start Planting

This package has five roots; today I planted two of them.  The planting process is very simple, first fill your pot with soil and make sure to leave a large hole in the center, this is where you place the roots.

I laid these on their sides so you could see the early stages of the root system, notice those new sprouts.

Now let’s look at the next photo for a better view.


Finishing Touches

These sprouts are in abundance, I wanted you to see before covering with the rest of the soil.  They look amazing and I can hardly wait to see the green sprout.

The finishing touches included a good watering, Llama tea fertilizer and me walking away with a smile of happy memories.  It’s pretty neat when a plant can bring forward joy from the past.

Planting Review

  • When to Plant – North, April/May – Mid Central, March/April – South, January/February.
  • Dig a hole to the required depth – 9 in. down from the top.
  • Place each plant in the hole with correct spacing – 6 inches apart.
  • Cover with soil, water and feed with fertilizer tea.
  • Mulch in extreme climates.
  • Place in Sunlight with partial shade.

These plants are very low maintenance and will bloom year after year in the spring towards the middle of summer.

Enjoy and remember to smile when they bloom; the bleeding heart will be fun to share with friends during a visit to your garden.

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  1. LaChelle says:

    I love these flowers. I found them on Pintrest some time ago but have never seen them here in our area. Any good tips on where to buy other than a nursery. Our nurseries tend to be a tad bit on the expensive side. Thanks

    1. Carole says:

      They are my favorite but down south in the nurseries they’re found usually by root. I hardly see the plants in the spring anymore and I’m not sure why. Check online at Jackson and Perkins, normally they ship bare root. You may be able to find them on Direct Gardening. Check with small nurseries in your area they may be able to special order the plants if you don’t want to start with bare roots. Depending on where you live you may have to wait until next year, later winter or early spring.

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  2. Debbie says:

    Do you still have the black root are is to late to plant

    1. Carole says:

      They bloom in the spring and part of June further north. If you have the bare root I would go ahead and plant now so it has months to establish before the fall freeze. Since it’s a perennial you should have blooms the following spring.

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