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Belle's Greenhouse

Bleeding heart vine

Bleeding heart vine

Regular price $26.50 USD
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Bleeding heart vine is a twining evergreen from tropical west Africa with some confusion about its identity. Other common names include glory bower, bagflower, bleeding glory bower, tropical bleeding heart, and glory tree.

Regardless of its true identity, this is a spectacular plant when in flower. The small, slightly flat flowers have inflated, balloon-like white calyxes from which emerge brilliant crimson or dark red corollas with prominent stamens and style (the elongated part of the pistil) that extend way beyond the petals. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters (cymes) of 8-20 together. The flowers last several months, although the red corolla is short lived. As they age, the flowers turn from white to pale pink or lavender, then eventually become tan as they dry up. It will bloom most of the year given sufficient light and warmth but is most prolific in summer. If pollinated, the flowers will produce fruits. The green fruits ripen to a red to black color before splitting open to reveal four black seeds against a fleshy, bright orange interior.

Light:This plant needs direct sun in order to bloom well; a sunny window may be sufficient if you don’t move the container outdoors for the season.

Watering: Water and fertilize regularly when actively growing. Use a rich but well-drained potting medium and keep moist but not wet. Since C. thomsoniae blooms on new growth, it is best to cut the plant back after blooming. Thin out old overcrowded shoots and any other far-reaching growth to keep the vine in bounds – don’t be afraid to prune severely. 

Be mindful, 1 gallon plants do not come with white ceramic planter, featured on the photo, unless ordered. The plant will come a growers plastic pot or a green hanging basket, if ordered. 

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