A favorite of old fashion gardens and shady areas, the perennial bleeding heart plant is a spring blooming, delicate looking addition to your landscape. A bleeding heart plant can also make an attractive and unconventional houseplant.
From the Garden to Inside
The bleeding heart plant is an early springtime bloomer that easily re-seeds itself, and will die back in the heat of summer and go dormant. You can make bleeding heart plants excellent spring and early summer blooming indoor plants as well. If you have an outdoor bleeding heart plant in your garden, carefully dig up a new sprout or new plant from the original plant reseeding itself. Do this in the early spring when the new seedlings around the original plant have a few inches of growth. Plant the seedling in a pot filled with rich humus and well draining soil. Inside place your bleeding heart plant in an area that receives strong, indirect sunlight that is not too hot, and keep the soil evenly moist, but not saturated. Just like its parent plant outside, under these conditions, your inside bleeding heart plant should be blooming by early summer. After your plant blooms, allow it to naturally die back and go dormant.
Inside Winter Blooming
After a bleeding heart plant becomes dormant in the summer, it will still need a cooling period of a few months in order to produce blooms the following year. If you decide to move your bleeding heart plant inside, you will need to place it in an area, or in your refrigerator, that will remain 40 degrees F or lower for several months. Then you can place your bleeding heart plant in a warm, brightly lit area to grow and flower.
You can purchase a bare-root bleeding heart for your houseplant that has been pre-chilled by the grower. Be sure to check to make sure this has been done, though doing this is fairly standard for the grower industry. Buy your pre-chilled bleeding heart bulb in the fall. Plant it in a humus rich soil that drains well and keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Place the planted pot in a cool, 52 degrees F or higher, but not overly hot, location that receives strong indirect sun light. In six to seven weeks, shorter time in warmer environments, your bleeding heart plant should be blooming. This method it great for creating a special gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.