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bleeding heart bareroot planting

Posted by mamimo z5 IN (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 22, 06 at 23:18

Hi, I saw some bleeding hearts on sale at Menards and couldn't resist it. When I opened the box, I was totally surprised by the contents. It's all sawdust with a few pieces of what looked like old stems. Is this how bareroot bleeding heart look like? Anyhow, the instructions said to plant it with the crown at soil level. I couldn't even make out what's stem or root, so I just plant the pieces of whatzits about an inch below soil level and mulched it well. Does this sound ok? Maybe I'll ws some bleeding hearts this year, just in case these are duds.

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RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

My guess, is that this may have been left over from spring, and chances are that it has dried out too much to live.

I recently bought something similar to what you describe (Menard's, though it was tall garden phlox). It looked so pathetic, but I planted it, and gave it a tag. If it does live, it will be a nice surprise,. If it doesn't, I will know to not ever buy end of season bare roots again.


RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

A few years ago I bought a little cellophane bag of Echinacea Officionalis packed in soft wood shavings. It got planted at some point, sprouted in the spring, and grew into a beautiful plant but I wasn't too crazy about the flower form in that particular garden. After I moved it I saw new sprouts in the same old spot, so it has lived in both gardens ever since.

The old roots had to be at least 8" deep, so I am guessing that a plant can grow from what looks like nothing. I also now have a grapevine growing from a piece that must have been broken off the vine I planted that didn't make it and was dumped!

I dug up a phlox paniculata and moved it, and every spring I have to pull out the volunteer shoots from the old spot. It refuses to grow in one of its new homes, though, while in another spot it gets tall and beautiful every year.

You may be very pleasantly surprised by your bleeding hearts if they are happy where you planted them. Time will tell.


RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It seems that's the best I can do for now. I've marked each spot with a plastic knife, lets see what comes up next spring :)

RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

Just a followup on my query from last year... those shrivelled bits of stem actually sprouted stems and leaves this year!! Woohoo! Most impressively, the new growth got ding'ed by the cold snap we had a few weeks ago and I thought that must have killed them for good. When I checked them this weekend, more new growth is showing. What little troopers they are! I am so pleased :)

RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

  • Posted by ilsa 6 KS (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 23, 07 at 10:32

Yup! I thought my Bleeding Hearts were 'goners', too, but I just saw new growth this weekend. Guess they can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Probably won't be large & showy, but alive is better than nuthin'.


RE: bleeding heart bareroot planting

Although this original posting was quite some time ago, I appreciate the occasional check-ins from the posters. I wonder how mamimo's bleeding hearts are doing this year? I similarly bought an inexpensive root (tuber?) and planted it in a nice shady spot over a month ago and have been wondering if I should see any signs of life by now. Perhaps it will not show itself until next spring? Not even a stem has come up and I'm wondering if I planted it upside down. If so, I guess that will be my newbie stupid gardening mistake for the season!

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