Why are they dying?


My bleeding heart bushes planted in a mulch bed are dying with yellow crumpled leaves. Help please

q why are they dying
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  • My climate is not conducive for these beautiful plants, so I am not exactly sure. See if this helps?


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    • Excellent! Exactly why I can't grow them, over 100° here all summer long. Thank you! 🌞

  • Diane Diane on Aug 21, 2018

    Hi. My yellow star jasmine did the same thing, got major yellow leaves. A woman I know is a gardener she said it sounds like it's iron deficient. I went to home depot and picked up Ironite, pennington, a deep green lawn is what it says on the green and yellow bag.

    You dig a small ditch around your plant, use very little sprinkling around, cover and water.

    Debra, I was blown away, my plant is beautiful and green and flowering.

    I haven't looked but there might be a container you can attach to your hose to dilute and use all over your yard.

    I hope it works for you.🙂

  • Linda Adela De Hoyos Linda Adela De Hoyos on Aug 22, 2018

    Mulch can sometimes keep the roots of your plants from getting enough water. Make sure the soil under the mulch is receiving a good soaking. You may have to rake away some of the mulch around your plants, water well, then recover your soil with the mulch each time you water. Check your soil 1st before doing this to find out if your soil is moist enough around the roots.

  • Jacquelyn Bant Jacquelyn Bant on Aug 22, 2018

    Looks like they are planted in a sunny spot. Bleeding hearts require shade (the deeper the better.). Mine, that get quite a bit of shade, still die back in early August but come back well in spring. I've tried sunnier spots and they just don't make it. You may have to move them or just deal with them being the first plants to die back.

  • Dee Simmons Dee Simmons on Aug 22, 2018

    Bleeding hearts do not do well in full sun. They need at least part shade and like a moister soil. If it has been dry in your area you want to water these a few days a week. If they are not getting at least a half day of shade you may want to relocate them to a shadier spot.

  • Joanna - Gingham Gardens Joanna - Gingham Gardens on Sep 20, 2018

    Hi Debra - they aren't really dying, just the foliage is dying back. That's very typical of bleeding hearts in the heart of the summer. Just cut them back and they'll be back fine and beautiful next spring. As some of the others have suggested, consider moving them to a shadier spot. They can take a little morning sun, but that's about it. Good luck!