Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart
Dicentra spectabilis. Attracts hummingbirds like almost no other flower and is one of the best-loved perennials for sheltered, partly shaded areas. Plants mature to incredible size, with thousands of pendant, heart-shaped flowers on graceful, arching stems. Height 18-30". 2-3 eye roots.
Fall Planting: This product will ship September-October according to your hardiness zone.
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Fall Roots Upon Arrival:
It is very important to plant these dormant perennials as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is absolutely necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the cartons and any plastic that is around the roots. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Thereafter store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any packaged, peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes. Most Bulbs, Perennials and many other garden plants require 'well-drained' soil in order to thrive. Areas that often have 'sitting' water or constantly soggy soil can quickly cause roots to rot and deteriorate, especially over winter.
Planting Roots General Info:
It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself. Pay particular attention to watering any new plants during the first season. Once established plants generally have some drought tolerance and will only need to be watered if the season is hot and dry.
Planting Bleeding Hearts:
Dicentra should be planted with the crown 2″ below the soil line and 12-24" apart. Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soil in full to part shade.
Keep plants well watered throughout the summer, especially in warmer weather. Leaves are susceptible to leaf spot. The easiest solution is to shear back the affected foliage.
Dicentra should be divided after flowering, so you don’t sacrifice bloom. The fringed-leaf varieties divide nicely early in spring, as they are emerging.