I had a bleeding heart for years with no problems but the new one I planted in the spring seems to have died right down to the ground. Will it come back in the spring?
What might have cause this to happen?
Thank you for your inquiry. Bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) grow best in cool, moist conditions . Select a site with shade or partial shade and moist, well drained organic rich soil. Plant loss could result from prolonged dry soil, very sunny locations or if planted in a water logged site.
These clump forming perennials generally flower early in the spring however, some varieties will flower longer than others. Generally, the cooler the location, the longer the blooms will last. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the plant for the future. Water as needed during period of active growth.
The leaves usually will yellow during mid summer and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage may be cut and removed at this point.
I would not give up hope on this hardy perennial as of yet. Water the plant well before the winter, add organic mulch in the fall and check next spring to see if new growth appears.