Bleeding Heart Vine
Bleeding Heart vine is botanically called as Clerodendrum thomsoniae is also known as The glory bower which is an attractive bushy, tropical looking twining vine.
- Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
There are over 400 species of Bleeding Hearts, including climbers, shrubs, herbaceous plants and trees. Bleeding Heart Vine flowers are mostly from warm climates and are summer flowers. Most, of the Bleeding Heart Vine, plants have very showy flowers. Bleeding Heart Vine blooms profusely with rich crimson corollas peeking from white, balloon-like calyxes. The flowers are seen as clusters of red and white.
Bleeding Heart Vine should not be confused with Bleeding Heart, in the Decentra genus. Bleeding Heart vine is a complete different plant as they are tropical flowers, and the former is not.
This is a twining, evergreen shrub, originating from West Africa. Its leaves are dark green colored and are 5-7 inches in length. They are good climbing plants and are relatively easier to grow as they are sun-loving plants. They are quite aesthetic too, as they produce tons of flowers which can be easily trimmed to the desired size. Its fruits are black and contain black seeds.
Growing Bleeding Heart Vines
- Select a sunny and well drained soil for planting.
- Bleeding Heart vine flower needs good sunlight.
- Good amount of water is needed to the plant.
- Bleeding Heart vines is mainly propagated by cuttings in late sunny day and well drained soil for the spring or summer.
- Bleeding Heart vines can also propagated from seed in spring.
- Feed the Bleeding Heart vine flower plant every 2 weeks.
- Pruning is also necessary, in winter.
- Cuttings will root in 10-14 days, but there should be a mist.
- After the cuttings root in the container, supply the plant with good fertilizer.
- Place the plant in the container and water it.
- Provide 2 inches of mulch around the plant.
Caring Bleeding Heart Vines
- To have a great bloom, cut the plant intermittently after blooming.
- In mid spring give plenty of water.
- Pruning should be done in late winter, so as to encourage new growth.