Starting Bleeding Heart Plants
How to start a bleeding heart from a cutting?
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While division of the plant is the best way to get more, you can take root cuttings in early summer after the flowers fade. Dig down about 3 inches along the edge of the bleeding heart and carefully remove soil from around the base of a stem to expose the roots. Cut a 2- to 3-inch-long portion of root with at least two 'eyes,' or growth nodes. Lay the root cutting lengthwise in a container (on the surface) of a moist sand/peat mixture, covering it about an inch. Move to a shady location, keeping moist but not soggy. Once top growth appears, usually within 4-6 weeks, you can move it to a brighter location (light shade) and then transplant it to its permanent location in fall.