How to Plant Bleeding Heart Bulbs


Bleeding heart is a perennial flower that can add a splash of color to your garden or landscaped bed. The flowers get their name from their appearance–the small pink or white blossoms are heart-shaped and appear to be "bleeding" from the bottom. Bleeding heart can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. They need to be planted in well-drained soil and require full or partial shade. Most bleeding heart plants will not tolerate full sun unless it is a very moist environment.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trowel or small shovel
  • Water
    1. Choose a location with well-drained soil that receives at least moderate shade. If you are planting in a pot or container, place the pot in a location that does not receive full sun.
    2. Dig a hole three to four inches deep using a trowel or other small shovel.
    3. Place the bulb into the hole with the roots pointing down.
    4. Cover the bulb with soil or dirt.
    5. Gently tamp down the dirt placed over the bulb to make sure any pockets of air are removed.
    6. Repeat the process for remaining bleeding heart bulbs, planting them two to three feet apart.
    7. Water all the newly planted bulbs thoroughly so the roots can begin to take hold.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bleeding heart bulbs are normally planted in spring, but in cold climates where the temperature drops to near or below 0 degrees in the winter, they also can be planted in the fall. Plant the bulbs about six to eight weeks before the first hard frost so they have a chance to take root.

  • Water your bleeding hearts regularly if you are not receiving rain regularly. A thorough and deep watering once a week is better than more frequent, but less thorough, watering.

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