Convallaria Majalis (lily of the valley) and Dicentra Spectabilis (bleeding heart) bare root plants.

 I planted both Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley) and Dicentra Spectabilis (bleeding heart) bare root plants/pips last Autumn along the shadier side of my back garden.

Could anyone tell me when i should expect to see any sign of these plants appear?
There is no sign of either as yet, have i been a little impatient expecting some sign of growth? Or have they been lost to the winter wet? Any advice gratefully received.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,947
    Both will cope with plenty of wet, so that shouldn't be a problem.
    Lily of the Valley doesn't appear here for about another month, but I noticed my white dicentras are growing away quite well [about 6 inches tall ]  as it's not been a proper winter here - they're not usually growing much until mid to end of March. They're mature plants though.

    Yours may well be just getting established below ground though, so I wouldn't worry too much yet.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CamelliadCamelliad Posts: 82
    Thank you @Fairygirl and @justandnobodyelse I was about to ask this exact question with respect to my bare root dicentra. It hadn't occurred to me how much work it has to do below ground first.
  • Thanks for the advice @Fairygirl I wont panic just yet then! Good luck with yours too @HidcoteHurrah
  • :) I think they are starting to show, How exciting!

    Are the first three pics Lily of the valley?

    And the final two Dicentra Spectabilis ?

    They are not very big at this stage, but my first bare root plants look like they have made it! Could anyone kindly confirm that these are what I think they are? They are shooting from near my bamboo cane markers from last autumn.



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,947
    Yup - they look like L of the V  :)

    The other two could be dicentra, but they look a bit red. Are they pink varieties?
    Mine are white, and the foliage is bright green. It's along time since I've grown any of the pink ones so I can't be sure. 
    Is all the foliage in the 2nd last pic belonging to the dicentra? Some of it doesn't look right. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FatsiaFatsia Posts: 15
    I can confirm that the new shoots of my pink bleeding hearts are indeed red, they then green up as they grow :) 
  • THank you both @Fairygirl and @fatsia for your advice. The bleeding hearts are a pink variety so all looks promising!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,947
    That's great @Fatsia. It's a very long time since I've grown a pink one.
    There was some other foliage there too that just didn't look quite right too, which was why I asked.
    Glad they're all looking good for you @justandnobodyelse :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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