Bleeding Heart VIne

A Bleeding Heart plant, native to tropical west Africa, is grown for its masses of beautiful bi-colored flowers. Each flower on a Bleeding Heart plant is made up of a corolla or inner group of bright red petals that emerge from a white calyx or outer part of the flower. The Bleeding Heart plant’s nickname, the “Bag Plant” refers to the shape of the outer white petals. When planted in a container, a Bleeding Heart Plant can grow up to 3 feet in length, outside in tropical areas, it often reaches 15 feet. This lovely plant has twining stems with large attractive dark green leaves. You can place a trellis in your container to help a Bleeding Heart plant grow tall or place it in a hanging basket. A Bleeding Heart plant is a very poisonous plant and should be kept way from small children and pets. Read more about common houseplants that can be dangerous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants . The brighter the light the more flowers a Bleeding Heart plant produces.

 

FAQ

Can I Plant a Bleeding Heart Plant Outside?

A Bleeding Heart plant will grow well outside especially if you live where the temperature does not go below freezing in the winter. If the temperature does dip below freezing, the plant loses its leaves but will regrow from the roots in the spring.

How Do I Get a Blooming Heart Plant to Bloom? I Have Had My Bleeding Heart Vine for Several Years, No Flowers but Otherwise the Plant Looks Great and Is Producing Lots of New Leaves.

I think you are watering your Bleeding Heart plant correctly and giving it enough light or it wouldn’t be growing well and producing new leaves. In order for a Bleeding HeartPlant to produce flowers you need to prune it back in the late fall after the plant has finished blooming. Since the flowers of a Bleeding Heart plant develop on the new growth, it’s important to cut the plant back after it blooms. Bleeding Heart Vines need to rest during the fall and winter in order to bloom. Lastly, check to see if the plant is root bound, if so move it to the next size pot. A Bleeding Heart Vine will not bloom if the roots are too crowded.

Is a Bleeding Heart Plant Really Poisonous? I Put My Bleeding Heart Vine Outside for the Summer and When I Brought It in I Found There Were Caterpillars Nibbling on It. I Thought My Bleeding Heart Vine Was Poisonous So How Do Caterpillars Munch on It and Still Live?

A Bleeding Heart plant is a poisonous plant, but caterpillars are the one little pest that seems immune to the toxin. In fact, if another animal eats a caterpillar after it has munched on a Bleeding Heart plant, that animal becomes ill. I have found that Neem Oil works well in getting rid of plant pests on a Bleeding Heart plant and does not harm the plant.