How to Care for the Bleeding Hearts Flower
Bleeding hearts are a favorite flowering perennial that bloom in early spring through mid-summer in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. They do best when planted in a semi-shady site with well-drained soil enriched with rotted organic matter. Bleeding hearts are moisture-loving plants with tender, fern-like foliage and delicate heart-shaped flowers of pink, white, yellow, or red. After planting, bleeding hearts require proper watering and feeding to remain healthy.
things you’ll need:
- Slow-acting granular fertilizer
- Organic compost
- Pruning shears
- Organic mulch
- Water twice a week in the spring and water once a week in the summer if rainfall is less than an inch. In dry climates, water daily as needed.
- Fertilize once in the spring with a slow-acting granular fertilizer. Sprinkle the granules on the soil around the plants.
- Place 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch around the plants to help keep the soil moist and weed free.
- Remove the stems of spent flowers regularly, using pruning shears, to encourage longer blooming.
- Trim back the foliage in the fall to 3 to 4 inches, using pruning shears, and cover with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to provide protection against freezing in winter.
- Remove the mulch when new growth begins to appear in the spring and apply a light layer of organic compost.
Tips & Warnings
Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater.
Bleeding heart foliage and roots may be poisonous in large amounts and have been proven fatal to cattle.