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Beginner Gardening Questions: Bleeding Heart Rhizomes

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Anamosa, IA

April 23, 2007
11:12 PM

Post #3423875

Good evening everyone. I have 2 potential problems with these plants. After spending my very first winter ever outside of zone 9, I was so excited to see spring arrive here in Iowa that I RAN to the garden centers and starting purchasing everything in sight. Among my purchases were several of the bagged Bleeding Heart rhizomes. The first problem was that most of them were very dry and dusty, not a spec of moisture in sight and the second problem was that I noticed the packaging said to plant in the fall for my area. Does anyone think they will grow if I plant them? I also suspect they were leftovers from last falls merchandise and put out with the spring planting bulbs just to try and get rid of them. What do ya'll think???????? Loving the sping in Iowa.
Garner, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 24, 2007
3:27 PM

Post #3426026

At this point, I would say that it couldn't hurt to plant them. I planted bleeding hearts in the spring myself, and they did ok. It took them several years to really take off, but they've been lovely this season. Not sure what the bloom-time is in your zone. If nothing happens, take the packaging and receipt back to the store and see if there's a guarantee on your tubers.
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2007
8:42 PM

Post #3427019

All of the bleeding hearts that I have have been planted in the spring. I wouldn't worry about that part.

What I'd be worried about is whether the tubers/roots were still viable or totally dried up. You have nothing to lose by planting them and seeing what they do. Like tggfisk said, if they don't grow, you can always see if the garden center will refund you.
Anamosa, IA

April 25, 2007
5:33 PM

Post #3430235

Thank you so much Tggfisk and JoanJ for your responses. You are right, I really don't have anything to lose. Good or bad it is all a learning experience. :-)
Garner, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2007
8:19 PM

Post #3430731

Good luck!

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