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How to Care for Glory Bower Bleeding Heart Plants


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The glory bower or bleeding heart plant (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is an evergreen vine that produces vibrant, colorful flowers that sprout year round but shine most brightly in the spring and summer. Native to Africa, the vine thrives best in high temperature and full sun. It can commonly be found in landscapes as a ground cover or as a climber for potted plants and gardens. Providing the proper light, water and food can help your vine thrive throughout the year.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Soil tiller
  • Organic amendment
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
    1. Till the soil in an area of your garden that receives at least eight hours of full sunlight each day. Till to a depth of at least 10 inches, and add 1 part peat moss or compost for every 3 parts regular soil to increase nutrients and drainage.
    2. Plant bleeding heart vine seeds or cuttings in early spring. Bury the seed or cutting under about 1 inch of soil. Space plants at least 12 inches apart if you plant multiple vines.
    3. Water the soil heavily so that it is moist but not soaking. Water with a sprayer or watering can so that you do not wash away the seed or cutting.
    4. Spread a 2-inch layer of organic mulch over and around the vine area to provide extra nutrients and help the plants maintain moisture.
    5. Water the plants any time the top 1 ½ to 2 inches of soil becomes dry to the touch.
    6. Fertilize the vine with well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season, through the beginning of fall. Fertilize only once per month during the dormant seasons; because it is an evergreen, the plant will not completely die off like other plants do.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some glory bower plants will produce shrubs as well as vines. Make sure you understand the species and needs of your exact plant before you establish it in your garden.

  • The vines will grow across the ground if you make no adjustments to their growth pattern. You can also establish a trellis system that will allow the vines to grow upwards.

  • Bleeding heart vines grow best in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11, which feature average low temperatures above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. If you cannot provide the proper temperature or sunlight, grow the vine indoors in a pot or greenhouse, under artificial grow lights for at least 14 hours per day to simulate sunlight.

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