Bleeding heart vine, Clerodendrum, is a tropical vine that features brilliant red and white flowers. As a houseplant, it can be trained to a trellis or it can spill from a hanging basket. If the growing tips are nipped back, bleeding heart vine can be trained as a small shrub.
Get to Know Bleeding Heart Vine
- Plant type: Tropical vine
- Growing Zones and range:
- Hardiness: Tender
- Height and width: Vine grows to 6 feet (1.8m) or more
- Foliage: Dark green, heart-shaped leaves are papery, about 5-inches long
- Flowers: Scarlet 1-inch tubes, surrounded by large ¾ inch long white calyxes, borne in flattish 5-inch clusters
- Bloom time: Late summer to mid-autumn
- Uses: Houseplant
- Botanical name: Clerodendrum
- Common name: Bleeding heart vine
- Origin: West Africa
Where to Plant Bleeding Heart Vine
- Bleeding heart vine needs bright light, some humidity, and warm temperatures.
- Grow bleeding heart vine in standard potting soil.
How to Water and Feed Bleeding Heart Vine
- Keep the soil evenly moist when the plant is growing and flowering; it can dry slightly at other times.
- Fertilize with a complete fertilizer during spring and summer growing period.
Bleeding Heart Vine Care
- To ensure flowering, give bleeding heart vine bright but filtered light during the growing season—spring through summer. Keep the soil moist but not wet, created extra humidity by frequent misting or by placing pots on humidity trays.
- In winter give plants rest in a very cool spot, 50° to 55°F (10°-13°C); let the soil dry almost completely between waterings.
- Clerodendrum is fast-growing; it can become rangy if not pruned or pinched regularly. Cutting back by half is not unusual. Pruning encourages future blooms. Prune after flowering usually in late autumn, just before the rest period.
- After the winter rest period, move the plant to a warmer bright spot when new growth appears.
- Mealybugs and red spider mites are occasionally a problem.
Bleeding Heart Vine Varieties to Grow
- Clerodendum fragrans pleniflorum, C. thomsoniae, and C. trichotomum are most common types. C. thomsoniae is best adapted to indoor conditions.