by johnah on November 7, 2020
Taking Cuttings From A Bleeding Heart – How To Root A Bleeding Heart Cutting
Bleeding Hearts are the most common type of root cuttings. They have been used for centuries in China and Japan. There are many different types of bleeding hearts. Some bleed only once, some bleed every few days or even weeks, others may not produce any blood at all after they die but still remain alive inside your body until harvested for medicine or food.
In Chinese culture, there are three kinds of bleeding hearts:
The first kind is called the “water vein” because it is usually found in rivers and lakes. These veins contain large amounts of fresh water which can sustain plants without needing to irrigate them. Water veins can be harvested from any time of year and will continue to grow indefinitely if left alone. Water veins are harvested when the plant dies and is no longer able to support itself.
The second kind is called the “blood vein” because it contains small amounts of blood. Blood veins can be collected anytime during the day or night and will continue to grow indefinitely if left alone. However, harvesting these veins requires careful attention since they are easy targets for predators such as birds and insects. It is best to collect these in the early hours of the morning when most of the predators are still sleeping.
The third kind is called the “frozen vein” because it contains frost on the inside of the stem. When winter comes, it is difficult to harvest because of the cold. However, it can be collected year round since it grows even during winter. It is possible to harvest these plants even without protective clothing.
In addition to these veins, there are two other types of bleeding hearts:
The fourth kind is called the “blood leaf” because it has the appearance of a leaf but has blood like a blood vein. It can be found in abundance during the spring and summer months. These plants do not have any other practical use except as a part of a salad since the taste of blood does not appeal to most people.
The fifth kind is called the “stone heart” because it has a hard stone like structure in the middle. They are very rare and can only be found deep in old growth forests. These plants do not have any practical use except as an ingredient for certain types of incense or dried floral displays.
Sometimes, the blood vein and the blood leaf will have different coloring other than red. There are times when it may appear purple or pink, but this is very rare.
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