Growing Tips For Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra Spectabilis, also known as the bleeding heart plant and sometimes called “Lady in Red” is a beautiful flower that has been popular for centuries. It is best grown as an indoor houseplant during colder months but can be grown outside during warmer months. This article will provide tips on how to take care of your Dicentra Spectabilis so it can grow healthy and strong!

Keep it moist

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When growing this beautiful flower indoors, make sure to keep it moist at all times by watering regularly with tepid water or rainwater (rainwater being much better). If you live in a place where there are cold winters, try placing your pot near a window so the sunlight can help warm up some of the water.

Give it some fertilizer

A pink flower on a plant

Dicentra Spectabilis also enjoys a good dose of fertilizer every few weeks. You can either use a liquid or granular fertilizer, but make sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully. Fertilizing will help your flower to grow big and healthy!

Repot it when needed

If you find that your Dicentra Spectabilis is starting to get rootbound (when the roots have filled up the pot), then it’s time to repot it into a larger pot. Be sure to use a pot with drainage holes so the plant can easily get rid of any excess water.

Prune when necessary

Deadheading (or pruning) your Dicentra Spectabilis is necessary in order to keep it looking nice and healthy. You can do this by simply cutting off the dead flowers with sharp scissors.

Watch out for pests

Unfortunately, Dicentra Spectabilis is not immune to pests and can get infested with things like aphids, spider mites, or mealybugs. If you notice any of these pests on your plant, try using a horticultural oil or soap to get rid of them.

Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet

One of the most important things to remember when growing Dicentra spectabilis is to keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet. This will help ensure that your plant stays healthy and happy.

Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in early spring

Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in early spring for the best results. A balanced fertilizer will have equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Avoid using a high-nitrogen fertilizer, as this can encourage lush growth at the expense of flowers.

Deadhead regularly

Deadheading is the process of removing faded flowers from plants in order to promote new blooms. For dicentra spectabilis, deadheading should be done regularly to keep the plant looking tidy and healthy. Snip off faded flowers with sharp scissors or pruners.

Mulch around the base of the plant

Mulching is a great way to protect plants from heat and cold, as well as moisture loss. You can use a variety of materials for mulching, such as shredded bark, leaves, straw, or compost. Mulch should be applied about 2-3 inches deep and should be replenished as needed.

Watch for pests and diseases

As with any garden plant, dicentra spectabilis is susceptible to pests and diseases. Be on the lookout for aphids, spider mites, slugs and snails, and other common problems. If you notice any signs of trouble, take action right away to prevent further damage. By following these tips, you can help your dicentra spectabilis thrive!

Deadhead faded flowers to encourage new blooms

Deadheading faded flowers can help to encourage new blooms. When a Dicentra spectabilis flower fades, it’s important to deadhead it by removing the flower stem all the way down to the next set of leaves.

Cut back the plants after flowering to encourage new growth

After flowering, you can cut back the plants to encourage new growth. This will help keep the plants looking fresh and healthy all season long.


Dicentra spectabilis, commonly known as bleeding heart, is a perennial plant that can be found in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 8. The plant blooms from late winter to early spring and produces showy pink flowers. While dicentra spectabilis is easy to care for, there are a few things you can do to help it grow healthy and strong. In this article, we will share some tips on how to care for your bleeding heart plants.

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