Whoever has a bleeding heart in the garden can usually not get enough of it. If you feel the same way, just multiply your plant. You have 3 options.The bleeding heart is a real eye-catcher There are many plants that have beautiful flowers. The bleeding heart is something very special. It has flowers that really look like a bleeding heart. The plant in the garden, on the terrace and on the balcony creates a romantic flair. Don't you have so many bleeding hearts in the garden? Then simply increase them. You even have several options. You can take cuttings, split the root ball or harvest the seed pods in autumn. All methods are successful and even beginners succeed.
In herbaceous plants, root division is even necessary every few years to ensure healthy growth. So use that now to multiply the plant.
This is how the bleeding heart can be increased
Option 1 - share root balls:
The division can take place in spring before the first shoot or in autumn after flowering. When the bleeding heart grows in the bucket, it is best to set the time in autumn. Container plants need a division every year because of the strong root growth - depending on the size of the pot. For perennials in the open air, split the rhizome either if you want to cultivate a second plant, or alternately every three to five years. Proceed as follows:
❶ Bleeding hearts form lush root balls with thick roots over the years, which are also called rhizomes. To reproduce the plant, dig out the entire perennial and heartily share the rhizome with the spade. With smaller specimens, this is also good with a sharp knife.
❷ Then reinsert the two halves at the old and the desired new location.
Option 2 - multiply bleeding heart with cuttings:
❶ To do this, cut off shoots about 15 centimeters long immediately after flowering. Then place the cuttings in a bright place in a glass of water for rooting. As soon as enough roots have formed - this takes about two to three weeks - put the cuttings in pots with humus-rich soil.
❷ Young plants are allowed to go outdoors before the first frost. However, think of winter protection. Covering with straw or brushwood is cheap. You can also put a large clay pot over the plants. Second option: you spend the winter overgrowing the little plants in a bright and cool room.
❸ Good protection against frost is also important after planting out in spring, because the first shoots of the bleeding heart are very sensitive to low temperatures.
Option 3 - multiply bleeding heart via seeds:
❶ In late summer, elongated seed pods form after flowering. Usually you cut off the faded flowers so that the plant no longer puts any force into the seed formation. If you are planning to sow, on the other hand, wait until the seeds are ripe. Then keep the seeds protected, dry and cool until use.
❷ Start sowing from December. To do this, sprinkle the seeds in a loose growing substrate, cover them thinly with soil and always keep them moist. A warm and bright location, for example on the windowsill, is ideal until the first leaves appear.
❸ Then the pots move to a cooler room. Wait until planting out in the open until there is no longer any danger of night frost - ideally until mid / late May, when the notorious “ice saints” are over.