How to Plant Multiple Bleeding Hearts


Bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are a group of annual and perennial flowering plants that are indigenous to mild-weather regions throughout North America and Asia. According to Sunset Plant Finder, the showiest of all bleeding heart plants is the diecntra spectabilis variety. It is a perennial plant that grows to between 2 and 3 feet in height and produces pink or rose flowers that resemble the shape of a heart.

Step 1

Choose a planting site for bleeding heart plants that will provide some morning sunlight, yet plenty of afternoon shade if you live in a region that experiences mild summer temperatures. Choose a site that will provide light shade throughout the day if your growing region experiences hot, arid summers.

Step 2

Loosen the soil in the planting location using a shovel or a garden fork down to a depth of between 12 and 15 inches. Remove any objects from the soil that can interfere with the growth of the bleeding heart plants as you proceed, such as large clods, weeds, roots, rocks or sticks.

Step 3

Spread out over the cultivated area a 3- to 4-inch layer of aged manure, compost, leaf mold or any other similar type material. The use of a soil amendment can improve both the fertility of the soil and its drainage capabilities.

Step 4

Dig planting holes for each of the bleeding heart plants that are twice the diameter of their current growing containers and approximately the same depth. Dig each of the holes between 6 and 12 inches apart, depending on the variety of bleeding hearts you are growing.

Step 5

Remove a bleeding heart from its current growing container. To do this, gently turn its container sideways on a potting bench, if you have one, or on a table or on the ground. Use the trowel to give the top of the container several downward taps. Then, gently pull the container off the root system of the bleeding heart.

Step 6

Set the bleeding heart plant into one of the previously dug planting holes. Hold the bleeding heart level in the soil and make sure the top of its root system is sitting level to the surrounding soil surface. Scoop soil into the planting hole, firming it down with your hands or the trowel as you fill the hole with soil.

Step 7

Water each of the bleeding heart plants thoroughly, until the soil is moist to the touch. Then, spread a 2-inch layer of pine needles, grass clippings, or leaves as a mulch around the bleeding heart plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleeding heart plants
  • Shovel or garden fork
  • Soil amendment
  • Trowel
  • Mulch


  • The National Gardening Association Garden Shop: Planting Bleeding Hearts
  • Sunset's Plant Finder: Bleeding Heart
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Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.