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Overgrown Bleeding Heart Vine
Aug 26, 2012, 08:51 PMFlorida Farm Girl
Overgrown Bleeding Heart Vine
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my bleeding heart vine had turned into a monster while I was away, and somebody wanted to see a picture when I got home. (Memory stinks these days, so forgive me for not remembering who.)
Anyway, here's what the front flower bed looked like when I got home. You can't even see the 4 foot tall hydrangea way back in the corner!!! And that blasted sago palm has to be 7 feet tall and more than that wide. The bleeding heart is all over the shell ginger, and is held up with a pitchfork and a shovel!!! I would've whacked that thing back had I been home but the neighbor wouldn't do it.
Aug 27, 2012, 11:54 AMLoonie
So what's the verdict, are you going to cut it back.......or worse.
I had planted one at my St Pete condo but was warned about it so I dug it up and put it into a container. It did really well there and I'm still not convinced it is the terror they make it out to be here in the south. The flowers are what keeps me putting up with it.
Aug 27, 2012, 12:27 PMFlorida Farm Girl
Worse -- MUCH worse. The deed is done and all that is left is the root which will be dug out as much as possible after the weather settles down. I had that thing in the back in part shade and it sat there for many years doing nothing. Last summer I transplanted it to the front and into morning sun. Behaved itself last year, but the torrential rain we've had this summer let is take off.
I already see offshoots that will have to be removed too, but it shouldn't be that much of a problem.
My inspiration for getting it in the first place was a plant my aunt had. Being ignorant somewhat, I got the vine instead of the bush. Ah well. That's gardening, the never ending rearrangement of plants!!!
Aug 27, 2012, 02:19 PMzone9alady
That's good to know. I planted Fuschia and it fried. Bleeding Heart is a good replacement...I'll have to get some, I need something else crawling up the pergola.
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Aug 27, 2012, 02:43 PMFlorida Farm Girl
In the right spot, it would be fine. Just that we wanted to keep that front bed "rather" low. Tell that to the sago. It'll be gone one of these days, too.
Aug 27, 2012, 02:54 PMBeau's Rose
Well your space looks pretty and green. But if the plants don't behave-out they go. I hope you find someone to take the sago for you. It's a beauty.
~Like sands through the hourglass
~So are the days of our lives
I LOVE YOUR SAGO PALM!
Aug 27, 2012, 02:54 PMBarb in Mississippi
It never fails one gardeners nightmare is another's dream. I wish I could grow one to that size.
Aug 27, 2012, 05:50 PMFlorida Farm Girl
Oh, Barb, I sure wish you had THIS one!! It also never fails that the plants you like struggle, while the ones you don't care about thrive!!
Aug 28, 2012, 03:57 PMMay
Here in Nebraska I have two bleeding hearts...One white and one red. Neither vine. Each spring they come up fairly early, make a pretty bush and when the other flowers bloom in June, the bleeding hearts die out. Are mine a different breed than yours? My bleeding heart bushes are about the size of an inverted bushel basket but NO vines. Is my plant strange? Or what?
Aug 28, 2012, 05:17 PMFlorida Farm Girl
May, there are both vines and bush bleeding hearts as I found out. My aunt had the bush, too. So, I'm glad yours do well. If I replace it, I'll get the bush next time too.
Aug 28, 2012, 07:34 PMvera ellen
My bleeding hearts don't do squat here....finally quit buying them...and that sago is to die for. Here they have to be brought inside for the winter. One person's trash is another person's treasure....and I love your trash.
Aug 28, 2012, 09:58 PMga.karen
I can't get a bleeding heart bush to grow either. I've only gotten one to sprout, the rest have just rotted in the ground. I think I may be too hot for the bush.
After I get a couple more things built I might have to try a vine.
"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
Aug 29, 2012, 02:07 AMFlorida Farm Girl
Karen, it doesn't get any hotter in Georgia than it does here in Florida. My aunt had a gorgeous bleeding heart bush right next to her porch.
Originally, I read that they needed dappled shade so that's where I put it. The trees kept growing and it ended up pretty much in shade and didn't do squat. That's when I moved it to the front in full sun for most of the day. It got itself established last year and this year, with all that rain, it took off.