Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Should I cut back to base?  Also, is now a good time for dividing, bearing in my they don't like movement?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    yes you can cut it back Tim, it's over for this year.  I've never divided one but I don't think I'd do it now if I did. It's dormant and may rot in the winter rather than grow

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I divided mine in spring, if that's any help.

  • you need to keep it in damp and shady place and water well in growing season it does die back and will be back next year but it has to be watered well.

  • Spring division just as it starts growing again. Cut back now!

  • Yes, I agree.  Cut it back now and it will start growing again in spring.

  • I cut back when its died down.  I also have devided mine and have got some super plants from it, I can't remember what time of year I devided it but would guess it would be in the spring

  • Tim BurrTim Burr Posts: 344

    Thanks folk.  Too late to get out now with secateurs.  Already on second G&T.  Health and Safety of course! image

  • Tim BurrTim Burr Posts: 344

    Thanks Verdun.

    The border where it is is only about foot and half deep.  In front is Geranium which is also looking tatty which I know I can chop back.  The border is going to look a but empty afterwards.  Any ideas of what summer planting I can do to take over as the dicentra dies down (or pruned back).  I have tried crocosmia (small dainty type about  same height as dicentra), but despite lots of fresh greeshorts in spring, because the dicentra does such of good job of blocking out light under its canopy, the crocosmia doesn't stand a chance and never comes to anything.  Need something that can burst thru' Dicentras canopy in around early/mid June and take over from where Dicentra left off.  As people might know, Ive only got small garden so I really cram stuff in but any gaps look really huge in a small garden. The Dicentra does really well because its a semi-sheaded position and only gets direct sun in the first 3-4 hours of the day.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,047

    On this sauvignon I wouldn't want to be handling the secateurs. I'm surprised I can still spell secateurs.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    On this sauvignon I wouldn't want to be handling the secateurs. I'm surprised I can still spell secateurs.


    Verd have you got shares in Geums Incorporated?

  • Hi, over the last 2 years a bleeding heart has appeared and grown to about 3 feet high in my garden,I honestly don't remember planting it but unfortunately it has grown between 2 bushes and we were unable to enjoy it properly. I do know that they should be kept out of the wind and think I have found a spot where it will get morning sun to, can any one tell me the best time to move it, should we wait until it flowers in the spring before moving it? Should we put any thing in the new soil to help it along?


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