Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Grown for its exceptional flowering season - this candy-pink compact dicentra produces neat flowers from early May until autumn
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich rich, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This vibrant, compact variety of bleeding heart produces a profusion of deep crimson, heart-shaped flowers from late spring to early summer above feathery, grey-green leaves. Easy to grow, it looks fabulous planted in groups towards the front of a shady border. As long as the ground is kept moist, it will thrive in full sun or partial shade.
- Garden care: Dicentras are happy in any good garden soil that is fertile but not too heavy. Enrich the soil with plenty of leaf mould before planting and apply a mulch in autumn, too. A light fertilising in March will help enormously. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn when the leaves have died down, or in early spring before the new growth appears, taking care not to damage the fragile roots.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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Q:Why is my Dicentra not flowering?
I have 2 Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) - the pink is great and flowering well - situated in sun / partial shade. The white flowering variety is a lovely green bush - but no flowers this year or last year - situated at the other end of the bed. Any suggestions please? SarahAsked on 6/15/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Sarah, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. If they are newly planted it can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced flowers, but there is no reason why it wont if given the right conditions and you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/16/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
I have two beautiful, huge Dicentras - one white, one pink - next to each other in a border. The problem is that they kill everything that I plant near them, just because of their size. By this time of year, now that they have both died back, I have a big empty patch in the border. Can you suggest anything that will not mind being climbed all over in the summer and that will be coming into its own at this time of year?Asked on 8/29/2006 by Jo Fantozzi
A:This is tricky, but you could underplant them with Cyclamen hederifolium. These pop up in autumn and flower through to January before dying back again for the summer. Just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/alpines/cyclamen-hederifolium-/classid.1075/Answered on 2/9/2011 by helen.derrin
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