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How to Plant Bleeding Heart Flowers in a Container

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Outdoor gardeners often grow bleeding heart plants in moist and shady locations for a pretty spring display. A distant cousin of these outdoor bleeding hearts is the bleeding heart vine. Bleeding heart vines are well suited for indoor growing in a container. If you provide proper water and light conditions for the bleeding heart vine, it will thrive and bloom in its container for many years.

Fill the container approximately three-quarters full with new potting soil. Remove the bleeding heart vine from the temporary container and place it in the potting soil. Add additional potting soil around the roots of the bleeding heart vine so that the plant is at the same depth as it was in the temporary container.

Water the newly planted bleeding heart vine immediately after planting. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. When the soil surface feels dry to the touch, add water until the moisture drains out the drainage holes in the bottom of the container.

Place the container on a high shelf or in a hanging basket to display the beautiful trailing stems and blossoms. Bleeding heart vines prefer bright, yet indirect, sunlight.

Fertilize the bleeding heart vine twice per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of the growing container. Pour the fertilizer around the base of the plant until the moisture drains out from the drainage holes of the container.

Cease fertilizing the bleeding heart vine between the end of November and mid-February. Give water very sparingly during this time–only enough so that the plant does not wilt and die. Place the plant in a location with daytime temperatures of 65 degrees F and overnight temperatures not below 50 degrees F. The plant will lose some leaves during this dormancy period.

Prune the bleeding heart vine in the middle of February. Cut off any old stems that appear scraggly and overgrown. Reduce crowding by removing the oldest and weakest stems. The bleeding heart vine will bloom on new green shoots, not on old woody stems. Cutting back the old woody stems will not affect future blooms.

Place the bleeding heart vine back in its normal growing location and resume watering and fertilizing as outlined in Steps 2 and 4.

Expect the bleeding heart vine to blossom from spring through the middle of summer. The plant will then wind down again for dormancy in late fall and winter.


Things You Will Need

  • Bleeding heart vine plant
  • Container (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • Potting soil
  • Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.