Bleeding Heart Plants
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bleeding heart broken

Zone Gainesville, Ga | angelia added on May 3, 2014 | Answered

My newly planted bleeding heart got broken during a storm. What do I need to do? Only one of the flowering stems is damaged, also does it need to have support?

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theficuswrangler
Answered on May 3, 2014

There are 2 types of plants commonly known as bleeding heart. The first is the pink heart-shaped flower, a herbacious perennial; this article has growing information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bleeding-heart/bleeding-heart-care.htm
The second is a woody vining perennial, white with dark red; this article has some info on that one: http://www.unf.edu/physicalfacilities/landscape/plants/Clerodendron_thomsoniae_-_Bleeding_heart_vine.aspx
Both plants are strong growers, and new growth should come along quickly. Of course, you'll cut away the broken part. If it's not broken through, you should probably still cut it, to allow new growth. If you want, you can try to splint the broken part with sticks and wrapping - strips of old panty hose work nicely - the stems may grow back together. Here's some information on that process, if you want to try: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/reattaching-broken-stems.htm
The clerodendron is a large vine, and definitely needs support, such as a porch or tree, unless you want to let it scramble about on the ground. The other is more of a bush, and the taller varieties might need support.

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