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Joined: 1/14/2003
Location: Catskill Mtns NY Zone 4
Posts: 277
Posted: Apr/17/2006 10:52 AM PST

I have 2 of the pink bleeding heart. They are just coming up. One of them has big roots that are rotting. But when I pull a section with some 'eyes' attatched, there are roots that are fine. I have transplanted a few parts already. Should I pull that whole plant apart? Is it too wet a spot for it? The plants are about 4 years old. Thanks
Joined: 6/27/2004
Location: Ontario
Posts: 118
Posted: Apr/17/2006 10:54 AM PST

First of all.. i love bleeding hearts.. and i've recently taken a few babie off of my big one to transplant.. they seem pretty easy to root again.

I'd say that if your transplanted parts are doing well.. dig up the whole thing and move it..
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Joined: 3/29/2002
Posts: 2874
Posted: Apr/18/2006 3:31 AM PST

May be too damp.... my experience with bleeding heart is that it a short lived perennial... 4 to 8 years out of a plant.... but that it seeds readily and is often replaced by its offspring. In fact my pink ones regularly yield white off spring, which I have transplanted to their spot.
Joined: 1/14/2003
Location: Catskill Mtns NY Zone 4
Posts: 277
Posted: Apr/18/2006 10:48 AM PST

I think it might be too wet also. I am going to dig up the whole clump and get rid of all the yucky roots. I will salvage and replant whatever I can.

I also have the fringed bleeding heart, which is really nice. They will rebloom if deadheaded.
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Joined: 5/26/2003
Location: Sturgis, Michigan
Posts: 552
Posted: Apr/30/2006 11:56 PM PST

Where do you find the babies, Are they the smaller starts off the plant. And how do you get them? Dig ? Kathy
Joined: 6/02/2005
Location: Crossfield, Alberta
Posts: 1085
Posted: Apr/30/2006 11:59 PM PST

kathy, my neighbor says they pop up around the base of the big one. And she just digs them up every fall and gives them away.
Joined: 6/27/2004
Location: Ontario
Posts: 118
Posted: May/01/2006 12:01 AM PST

Yup exactly.. you'll notice small shoots around the base of the plant when it first starts coming up.. that's the easiest time to dig a few up and move them around...

I'm really quite impressed with my plant.. i've only had it for three years.. and i've split it into four already! they look amazing


Joined: 6/06/2002
Location: Delaware Zone 7
Posts: 447
Posted: May/03/2006 5:56 PM PST

Can I separate them after they bloom? Here's mine and I think I've got more greenery than flowers. Maybe they need separating.....Do You Think?


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Joined: 7/26/2006
Location: Lake Champlain Valley
Posts: 9121
Posted: Apr/03/2007 1:15 PM PST

Should my bleeding heart already be showing signs of life? I planted it as a root-like thing last spring and it grew, but stayed very small. I have daffies and tulips coming up and some growth on my daylilies, sedum and columbines. Is it too early for the bleeding hearts or is it dead?
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Apr/03/2007 1:44 PM PST

My white bleeding heart was its first year last season too. They do start off small but will get bigger. And bigger and bigger. Mine is just starting to peek out now, in the sunnier location. My pink one in a shadier location isn't showing yet. So yours will probably emerge soon.
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