Stunning Red Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendron Thomsoniae) - Add Vibrant Color to Your Garden Today!
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- Common name:
- Bleeding Heart Vine
- Climbers, Creepers & Vines, Shrubs
- Verbena family
The Red Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is a popular ornamental plant, known for its striking red heart-shaped flowers and dark green foliage. Native to West Africa, it is a vigorous climber that can be grown in containers, hanging baskets, or outdoors in warm climates. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to successfully grow, care for, and enjoy the benefits of this beautiful plant.
- Botanical name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
- Common name: Red Bleeding Heart Vine, Glory Bower
- Plant type: Evergreen perennial vine
- Native habitat: West Africa
- USDA Hardiness zones: 10 to 12
- Height: 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters)
- Bloom time: Spring to fall
- Location: Choose a location with partial to full sunlight and well-draining soil. In hotter climates, the plant will appreciate some afternoon shade.
- Soil: The ideal soil is rich, well-draining, and slightly acidic, with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
- Spacing: Plant the vines about 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) apart to give them room to grow.
- Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season. Do not let it dry out completely or become waterlogged.
- Support: Provide a sturdy trellis, fence, or other support for the vine to climb.
- Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.
- Pruning: Prune the vine in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Remove dead or damaged growth, and trim back to maintain the desired shape and size.
- Pests: The Red Bleeding Heart Vine is relatively pest-resistant, but keep an eye out for aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.
- Diseases: Watch for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or leaf spot, and treat with fungicides if necessary.
- Overwintering: In cooler climates, bring the plant indoors before the first frost and place it in a sunny location. Reduce watering during this time.
- Ornamental value: The Red Bleeding Heart Vine adds a stunning display of color to any garden or landscape, with its vibrant red flowers and lush foliage.
- Attracts pollinators: The flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators, promoting biodiversity in your garden.
- Versatility: The plant can be grown in various settings, including containers, hanging baskets, and as a climbing vine.
- Low maintenance: Once established, the Red Bleeding Heart Vine requires minimal care, making it a great choice for busy gardeners.