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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Growing Bleeding Heart Or Nyonya Makan Sireh Plant.

I used to know this plant as a common plant found growing in villages. Then when I visited the Perak Herbal Garden, I got to know its local name as "Nyonya Makan Sireh" and that its scientific name is Clerodendrum thomsoniae. Other names are Gloryblower and Bleeding heart.
Bleeding heart can grow very tall. I read from the internet that it can grow to about 15 feet tall. Since I am growing it in a small flower pot, I intend to trim it to control its height and encourage a more bushier growth.
  The plant in my garden was grown from a single stem cutting given to me by a friend.
My plant was only about 1.5 feet when it started to grow these cute flower buds.
I learned that the white are calyces and the red are corollas.
 This plant is tolerant to full sunlight but since it is still a small plant growing in a small pot, I place it in partial shade.
 I used normal garden soil with good water drainage.
 On normal days, I watered it once a day preferably in the early morning. On very hot days, I may water it twice a day.
The cute round buds opened into dainty red flowers.
I feed it with fertilizer once in 2 - 3 weeks.
 I find these white and red combination very striking and attractive and they add colours to my garden. I have read somewhere that propagation can also be done through seeds. I hope to get some seeds soon.
Mealy bugs or spider mites may be a problem to this plant, so I better look out just in case. Bleeding hearts are suitable for climbing or twining garden trellis.
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These white and red flowers are very attractive and showy against the green background.

Linking to Flower Wednesday.

Let your conversation be gracious and attractive

so that you will have the right response for everyone.

(Colossians 4:6, New Living Translation-NLT)

53 comments:

  1. How nice if i have a garden, i can learn to plant plants, i stay in a pigeon hole, no garden, haiz...

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    1. Hi Sharon, you can other people's flowers without dirtying your hands and hard work. Have a good day!

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  2. What a name. Other than its red colour, I couldnt think the reason for such name.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I too wondered why they choose to name it Bleeding heart!

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  3. My apologies to Tom The Backroads Traveller, Diane Stuckey, Francisco of Andarilhar, riitta from Floral Passion & Stacy from Journal for Jo Ern. Due to a change that I made on the settings by mistake to G+ comments and on reverting back to the former setting, I found out too late that your comments have disappeared from this post because of my mistake. Thank you for all your comments.

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  4. Beautiful! You are a wonderful gardener, Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Hello Nancy!:) What a picture perfect first image of this lovely plant. Grown from a cutting must be doubly satisfying to see it grow into this gorgeous plant.

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    1. Thank you, Breathtaking. I am glad the plant is growing beautifully. Love the striking flowers.

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  6. This is a lovely plant, Nancy, and has such a pretty name. I've not seen it before.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, Beena. Have a beautiful day!

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  8. I think flower is great and I have not seen it in Poland

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. It is quite common here.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Have a beautiful day!

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  10. Not only do you have a wonderful green thumb, you also take some amazing photographs.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fantastic day!

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  11. We have the Bleeding hearts here. They are usually found in hagning baskets. They were one of my grandmother's favorites.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. Have a wonderful day!

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  12. Make that HANGING! And your pictures, especially the last one, are terrific!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. I will try to grow them in hanging pots.

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a lovely day!

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  14. Nice plants. My grandpa have red ones. With dark pink.

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    1. Thank you, Ralph. I am sure your grandpa's flowers look gorgeous. Have a great day!

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  15. Hello Nancy, Your bleeding heart images are beautiful. Have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thank you, Prunella. Have a wonderful week too!

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  16. Can it be eaten since the name is nyonya makan sirih?

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    1. From the printed info we read at the Herbal Garden, it said that the leaves can be boiled for drinking to remove toxin from the body. But I wouldn't dare try.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Have a beautiful day!

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  18. It does look like it's bleeding, doesn't it? Amazing nature. Lovely pics.

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    1. Hi Lux, I have been thinking about the name. Looking at the flowers, the white resembles the heart and the red resembles the blood. Just my version.

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  19. I"ve seen these in some of the gardens around my area and think they are just lovely! Thanks for the info.

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    1. Thank you, Bettyl. Have a lovely day!

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  20. Nancy, the flowers are so pretty! My heart is bleeding because I don't have this lovely plant hee..hee..

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    1. Ha ha..Phong Hong, please don't let your heart bleed! It will makes me very sad...heheheh

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  21. really beautiful flowers but bleeding heart is quite a painful name for such a lovely creation of nature .
    your flowers are so pretty dear

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    1. Thank you, Baili. I agree with you. Have a beautiful day!

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  22. Muito bonitas estas flores e plantas.
    Um abraço continuação de boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a happy day!

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  23. nice plant.. i have seen one here in the PH. and yeah they are really tall..

    http://jehanmohammad.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Lei. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a wonderful day!

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  26. Never saw any seeds from my plant! But you have much greener fingers so you might get some.

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    1. I can't remember seeing any seeds from those days but hopefully I can get to see some from this plant.

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