Don’t confuse a bleeding heart vine with one of those old-fashioned bleeding heart plants. They are very different from one another. These flowering vines are also called; Bag Flower, Tropical Bleeding Heart, Glory Tree, and Bleeding Glory Bower. If you recently acquired one of these beautiful plants, then the 5 techniques to growing a bleeding heart vine listed below should be useful.
5 They Love the Sunshine
These flowers are originally from West Africa, which explains their love for the sun. The dark green leaves will soak up as much sun as you are willing to offer them. This plant is actually an evergreen shrub that likes to twine around things, just like other vines.
4 Plant in Well-drained Soil
Bleeding heart vines will grow in a garden plot, hanging basket, or any standing container, but the soil needs to be well—draining. Even though they like lots of water, they don’t like to set in standing water for a long period of time. They also like their water to be warm, since cold water tends to throw these plants into shock.
3 Can Be Grown from Cuttings
If you aren’t able to purchase a bleeding heart vine from a plant nursery, then you can start one from cuttings provided to you by a friend or family member. These plants actually do very well when grown from cuttings. They will generally root within 10 to 14 days and can then be planted in the garden or a larger container.
2 Feed Regularly
Bleeding heart vines like to be fertilized every other week. Use a water-soluble fertilizer and pour it evenly over the soil around the plant. Be sure to dilute the fertilizer during the winter months, making it one part fertilizer and one part water.
1 Thin out the Vines when They Get Too Thick
This will not only give your plant plenty of room to bloom, but transplanting the new vines will help you to spread this beautiful flower around your garden as well. If you live in an area where these vines can grow outside, keep the new vines in a container until the following spring, and then plant them outside with the rest.
These vines make excellent houseplants in the climate I reside in. I wish I lived in a location where these plants could spread freely all over my yard. It would be a gorgeous sight! Did you find these techniques to be helpful? Do you have any additional ones to add to the list?
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