Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Syn. Dicentra spectabilis)
GIANT BLEEDING HEART
A raving beauty.
With chains of pink, heart shaped flowers which dangle enticingly from stems arching above the foliage in spring.
They look like long chains of lockets, or swags of bleeding hearts.
Stems of Lamprocapnos spectabilis make superb and long lasting cut flowers in a vase.
Plant in a rich moisture retentive soil. They are not particularly fussy about soil type, acid or alkaline, as long as it has plenty of humus. So they adore mulch and compost, and tolerate enriched clay as well as loam.
They are very frost hardy.
Giant Bleeding Hearts love nestling under trees and shrubs in Dappled Light and Shade. Where the larger woodland companions shelter their long chains from winds and the late afternoon sun.
40cm H x 40cm W approx.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: Warm – Cold – Cool
Indoors in punnets: Sow in punnets of good quality seed raising mix.
Barely cover the seeds with fine vermiculite, as the seeds need light to germinate.
Place the punnet in a bath of water, ensuring moisture throughout the mix, then drain.
Keep at 18 to 22°C in a well lit position (not in direct sunlight) for 2 to 4 weeks.
Then cling-wrap the punnet and move to the fridge (not freezer) for 4 to 6 weeks.
Finally bring back into a cool position at 5 to 12°C for germination.
Seeds will germinate at individual times, taking from 30 to 180 days.
But, the wait is really worth it for this beautiful plant.
SEED COUNT: 5 seeds per pack approx.