Dactylicapnos torulosa (Chinese Climbing Bleeding Heart) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: The lack of information about growing this species also makes it difficult to provide sowing guidelines. It does seem to benefit from a warm-cool-warm cycle. I sowed my original seeds (just barely covered) in a pot on January 9 and set it outdoors, hoping for the best, but nothing appeared that spring or summer. I left the pot outside through another winter, and wonder of wonders, seedlings appeared in May of that year. That tells me that the alternating warm and cool periods did the trick.

If you get these seeds in July to September, you could sow right away and leave them outdoors, and they should germinate in spring to early summer. If you’re starting in October or after that, I would suggest sowing indoors in warm conditions for about 2 months, then moving the pot outdoors if there is still another month or so of chilly temperatures. If the weather is already getting warm, then give the pot an artificial chilling period of 6 to 8 weeks before putting it outdoors. The seedlings are easily damaged, so I recommend direct-sowing, if possible, or else transplanting potting seedlings as a group rather than trying to separate them. Once you can get the vine growing, it is likely to self-sow in the same general area.

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Looking for a fine-textured climber to accent a wire-mesh trellis, dress up a tuteur, or scramble up a shrub? This graceful annual vine is worth considering. Chinese climbing bleeding heart (Dactylicapnos torulosa, formerly Dicentra scandens) can reach up to 10 feet tall by the end of the growing season, with fine textured, light green foliage and clusters of dangling yellow flowers that turn into slender, red seedpods. There isn’t much information out there about growing this uncommon vine: I have seen references that say it can grow in full sun, but I’m not sure about that; mine grows beautifully in front of a north-facing wall, with almost no direct sun, so I’d recommend partial to full shade. Annual vine.

Collected starting in mid July 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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