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Tropical Garden, Batu Caves, Malaysia
Gardening is part of my life and I want to share that portion of my zeal and joy with you. These are my thoughts, my experiences and life work. I hope it enrich and add value to you too.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum Thomsoniae)

I'm totally overjoyed to see this little bloom turn into a magnificent bouquet. I guess it got a lot to do with the sunshine it receive. I can tell you that this one does very well in the shady area.
So do not dead-head your bleeding heart as more blooms may appear from the source.

Its quite easy actually to propagate this plant.
Just get a cutting and press it in the soil.
Do keep this plant in the shade until it gives out shoots and later place it in semi-shade for them to bloom. Total shade will make the plant grow but without blooms.

Another thing is its a slow growing plant, you will not see any result for weeks when you propagate it, so be patient and do not uproot those dry looking twigs (in the process of propagation) You will see new shots appear (peeling out) from the twigs. These are vines and very much a vigorous climber. So you want to have a proper space for that or you might prefer to keep the plant small but constant pruning.

I'm planning to set all the vine plants that gives out pompous blooms. Right now, I'm thinking of Rangoon creepers, (Quisqualis indica), Shower of Gold Climber (Tristellateia australasiae)
and Passiflorals. All in one bunch of colours.

Anyone got this plant and want to share any stories about this one?


  1. My annoying variegated variety is producing lots of leaves, no flowers!

  2. James, your bleeding heart vines are giving lots of blooms now. You have really done a great job taking care of this plant. Wow and Cheers! Selamat Hari Merdeka and Happy Holidays!

  3. I don't have the type that you are holding but I have a red variety which grows like weeds. I still prefer the white-bracts type because they are more showy. Since you mentioned the Tristellateia australasiae and passifloras, I have a few of these too. My TA is about 17 years old and still going strong.

  4. the plant looks very healthy indeed. Red with light yellow is quite a combination. ~bangchik

  5. Those flowers are beautiful! I do believe that this vine is a vigorous creature. My nephew recently bought a house that had sat empty for years. Guess what vine was growing wild all over the backyard? Yep. Bleeding heart. I told him not to, but he ripped them all out anyway. I'll bet it comes back.

  6. Obviously it's very happy in that spot to flower so well. I's beautiful

  7. Now I see why its called the bleeding heart vine with the red in the centre. It certainly is thriving for you in that spot and worth the wait to get such beautiful blooms.

  8. Hi James, It's very nice. Vines tend to have very showy flowers, don't they?

  9. Aaron - Is it? I'm surprised - had tried moving it to a brighter location and feed it with flowering fertiliser?

    Belle - Thanks Belle and Selamat Merdeka & Happy Holidays to you too.

    Elsie - Yes, I have seen those ones - they have greenish bracts don't they and they are much hardier than these white ones. Great to note TA doing well. Do TA do well in hanging pots?

    Bangchik - yes a good combo indeed.

    Floridagirl - I guess if you planning to kill this one, its best to uproot its roots properly or else they tend to come back as if you have pruned them. All my vines are in pots and so they are under controlled.

    Thanks Missy, Rosie & one for your nice comments.

  10. Remembering their humble beginnings, appearing like dried-up twigs from your mum's garden, what a marvelous contrast now! You've done an excellent job indeed, James! You've got such lovely clusters that make me so envious..lah and tempting me to reconsider growing them again! On second thoughts, better not as we're cutting down on the numbers...hehe!

  11. In Mexico it is called Bandera, as the green, red and white colors of the flag... Beautiful plant you have there!

  12. My dad planted the red variety 17 years ago
    It has taken over. Help!!! I have tried digging it out. Bleach, weed killer. Vinegar salt and dish detergent, muric acid (burnt my ankel) the plant is thriving. How do you get rid of it.
    Mary Florida

    1. The life source is in the roots and stalk. I understand that most probably it's buried deep and it's accessibility to get water and nutrients making it grow back.
      You have no choice but to dig it out carefully not breaking off any roots material underneath
      And if should find any new shoots coming out, locate the source and pull it out.


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