Dicentra

I have my dicentra in shade , it was a new plant last year and just seems to struggle where it is , as I have heavy clay I am wondering if that is the problem , the shade or possibly the wind we get near it ? Any thoughts ? Leave , move it , help it ..... image
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,522

    Which dicentra Bunny?. Most of them like a bit of shade. Might be the heavy clay though

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455

    The bleeding heart one . image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,522

    They have very soft fleshy roots, maybe the clay is a bit hard going. I don't do all that well with these, my soil isn't exactly clay but it's stiff. The smaller dicentras do much better.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I've had a dicentra for years in a pot in fairly deep shade and it grows ok, it is in compost.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Right, I took cutting as thought lost it last yr , cutting doing better than plant . Must be the heavy clay where it is . I shall await a slightly warmer day brrrrr out there today and move to a pot . Thank you . image
  • Bunny, it,s sounds like ya soil to me, I'd dig it up and stick it in a pot till you can inprove the soil.

    Here's one I dug out of my late Parents garden,(besides a few other things) image

    I bunged it in a pot and it flowered it's socks off last year. image

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  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    That's the one dean . My mum has same one and does great in hers now I think about it....not clay soil. It's by pond and a wall so tricky area . A plan is in place for some nurturing and a new home further over image
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,332

    I have a dicentra in shade in clay but before planting it some years ago I dug in loads of compost and manure and it's thriving. Can you dig it up and improve the soil and replant?

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    It's such a funny place Liz , retaining wall with field drain after it , fence, wind up 'back passage' shade ...image
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,332

    Oh no, shock horror, not another back passage!!!

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