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A Step-by-Step Planting Guide for Bare-Root Dicentra also known as Bleeding Hearts.

Dear Gardening Enthusiasts,

Below is a step-by-step guide to planting our beautiful collection of bare-root Dicentra. We are so excited to offer these wonderful varieties. I grow every single one in my garden and love them all. I especially love the "Alba" as it is all white. They are gorgeous in a shade garden as well and used for filler in an arrangement. I hope you enjoy them as they grow!


1. Soak the Bare Roots: Before planting, soak the bare roots of your Dicentra in water for a few hours. This will help rehydrate and prepare them for planting.


2. Choose the Right Location: Select a location in your garden that receives partial shade to full shade. Dicentra thrives in cool, moist conditions, so avoid areas with excessive heat or direct sunlight.


3. Prepare the Soil: Ensure that the soil is well-draining and enriched with organic matter. Add compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and moisture retention.


4. Dig the Planting Hole: Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the spread of the Dicentra roots. Make sure the hole is large enough to comfortably fit the roots without bending or crowding.


5. Place the Bare Roots: Gently position the bare roots of the Dicentra in the planting hole, spreading them out evenly. Ensure that the crown (where the stems meet the roots) is level with the soil surface.


6. Backfill and Water: Carefully backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the roots to eliminate air pockets. Water the area thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and provide initial moisture.


7. Mulch and Watering: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, around the base of the plant. This will help retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Water the Dicentra regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.


8. Maintenance: Remove any dead or faded flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Keep an eye on soil moisture levels and water as needed, especially during dry periods.


By following these steps, you can ensure a successful planting of bare root Dicentra or Bleeding Hearts and enjoy their beautiful blooms in your garden.


Happy gardening!


Bridget C. Wilson

Bridget Wilson Flowers

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