dying Bleeding Heart
I planted a 3ft Bleeding Heart in a suitable sized container. It has slowly been dying where the leave yellow, stems yellow and wither. I've kept it in the shade, and not overwatered. I live in zone 3(Houghton Lake Michigan). Will the root system allow the plant to re grow next season?
Hi, Thanks for writing. Old-fashioned bleeding hearts usually go dormant by the end of the season. This is perfectly normal and your plant should come back bigger and better than ever. ---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
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I live in North Idaho (85 miles from Canada) and we are in a little pocket of odd temp. They claim we are zone 6 which is a joke because the best would be zone 4 but my home sits in zone 3 and we grow Bleeding Hearts with no problem. Even the ones we got at Costco in the bargain sacks grow just fine in zone 3
If you live in the cold, frozen north, and have room in your basement, you can also move your container there for the winter. That might help keep the root (rhizome?) from getting too cold in the winter. BUT in the ground, Bleeding Hearts are supposed to be hearty to Zones 4-8, though one site says "3-9 are also possible". However, containers are more susceptible to freezing than in-ground plants.
I live in Chicago and I have an extensive container garden on my roof. What is a 'suitable sized container'? Bleeding hearts are seemingly bulletproof, but they do go dormant. And, getting them to return in a container in your zone could be tough. How big is the container? What is it made of? Did you put some sort of insulation in it? Depending on your answers, it may or may not come back. If it does survive, it will be gorgeous, for sure.