How to Care for Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) Indoors

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Bleeding Glory Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Botanical name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Family: Lamiaceae
Common names: Bleeding Glory Vine, Bleeding Glorybower, Tropical Bleeding Heart, Bagflower, Harlequin Glorybower

Bleeding Glory Vine Description

Clerodendrum thomsoniae commonly called Bleeding Glory Vine, Bleeding Glorybower, Tropical Bleeding Heart, Bagflower or Harlequin Glorybower is a perennial climbing plant which bears two-colored flowers.

The flowers are red and surrounded by white sepals. They are borne in terminal clusters of 8-20 in spring and summer. The blooms appear bell-shaped and are lightly scented.

The common name, 'Bleeding Heart', is in reference to the red flowers which look like a drop of red blood emerging from the calyx.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae was so named at the request of Rev. William Cooper Thomson (1829-1878), a missionary and physcian in Nigeria in honour of his first wife who had passed on.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae is a fast-growing vine which climbs by means of tendrils. The plant is ideal for a hanging basket, a pedestal or a table-top where the stems can beautifully cascade downwards. It also looks beautiful on a trellis.

It can also be grown as a bushy climber by regularly pinching the growing tips and cutting back the stems when they overgrow.

Bleeding Glory Vine Size

In its native habitat, Bleeding Glory Vine can grow to a height of up to 18 ft but when grown indoors it can grow to about 6 ft. The leaves are deeply-veined, glossy, dark-green, ovate, about 5-7 in. long, with smooth edges.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae Varieties

There are two known varieties of Bleeding Glorybower. Clerodendrum thomsoniae 'Variegatum' with cream-edged leaves and Clerodendrum thomsoniae 'Delectum' whose flowers are a lighter shade of red.

Bleeding Glory Vine Origin

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is native to West Africa from Cameroon to Senegal.

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Bleeding Glory Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) Care Indoors

Bleeding Glory Vine Light Requirements

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) grows best in bright, indirect light. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not sufficient.

If light is not enough for Bleeding Glorybower, it will become leggy with wide spaces between the leaf nodes and will not bloom.

Turn the pot regularly to ensure the plant receives light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Bleeding Glory Vine

Water Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) thoroughly during the growing season and keep the soil consistently moist through out. Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Do not allow the soil for Bleeding Glory Vine to dry out as it can lead to wilting and leaf drop. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the soil is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.


Temperature for Bleeding Glory Vine

Average room temperature within the range of 16-280C is ideal for Bleeding Glory Vine. Keep the plant away from draughty conditions as cold temperatures can cause leaf drop. Check out this guide on Understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Bleeding Glory Vine

Average to above average room humidity is ideal for Bleeding Glory Vine. The Vine thrives in warm, humid conditions like in its natural environment.

To raise humidity especially where the room temperatures are very high, like in winter, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to avoid brown leaf tips and edges. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Bleeding Glory Vine Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season to promote flowering.

Do not feed the Bleeding Glorybower during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to prune Bleeding Glory Vine

Prune Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) by removing dead blooms and leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

Cutback the stems by half at the beginning of the growing season to promote flowering. The flowers grow from a point just below the growing tips. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Repotting Bleeding Glory Vine

Repot Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) at the beginning of the growing season into a pot one size larger than the current one only when the plant becomes extremely pot-bound. The plant blooms best when pot-bound.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining soil to avoid having soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.

Do not repot a Bleeding Glorybower that is in flower as the repotting shock can shorten the flowering period.

Take care not to expose the roots to dry air while repotting Bleeding Glory Vine as it can easily get repotting shock. Keep the roots moist by covering them with a wet towel or by ensuring there is a ball of soil around them.

Soil for Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)

The best soil for Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Bleeding Glorybower. Buy quality potting mix for your Bleeding Glory Vine from Etsy.

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) Propagation

Bleeding Glory Vine can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Bleeding Glory Vine from stem cuttings

Take a 4-6 stem cuttings from a healthy Bleeding Glory Vine. Strip off the lower leaves of the cuttings and coat the lower part of the stem with a rooting hormone.

Carefully insert the coated cuttings in moist, free-draining soil and ensure the rooting container has adequate drainage holes to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit spot and maintain the soil moist through out until the Bleeding Glorybower cuttings are rooted. Rooting should occur in about 2 weeks.

Allow the new Bleeding Glory Vine to be well established before transplanting after which you can begin routine care.

Bleeding Glory Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) Problems Indoors

Bleeding Glory Vine wilting and droopy

Underwatering is the cause of wilting and droopy leaves in Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae). Water the plant thoroughly and maintain the soil moist during the growing season. Reduce watering during the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Bleeding Glory Vine not blooming (flowering)

The are four possible causes of lack of blooming in Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae). One possible reason why Bleeding Glory Vine will not flower is too little light.

Move the Bleeding Glory Vine to a brighter spot where it can receive bright, indirect light or instal a grow light where the natural lighting is not adequate.

The second possible reason why Bleeding Glory Vine will not bloom is feeding it with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer which promotes foliage growth at the expense of flowering.

Feed your Bleeding Glorybower with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season to promote flowering. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

The third possible reason why Bleeding Glory Vine is not blooming is underwatering. Water your Bleeding Glory Vine thoroughly during the growing season and keep the soil moist through out. However, reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist.

The fourth possible reason why Bleeding Glorybower is not blooming is too frequent repotting. Repot your Bleeding Glory Vine only when it is extremely root-bound as it blooms best when root-bound.

Bleeding Glory Vine brown leaf tips

Two reasons are responsible for brown leaf tips in Bleeding Glory Vine.

One reason for brown leaf tips in Bleeding Glory Vine is dry air (low humidity). Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity or use a cool mist humidifier. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second reason for brown leaf tips in Bleeding Glorybower is soggy soil. Maintain the soil moist but not soggy by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining (drains easily).

Bleeding Glory Vine leaves turning yellow

Naturally, the older leaves of Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) turn yellow; cut away the yellow leaf at the base to keep the plant neat and tidy.

Excessive yellowing of Bleeding Glorybower leaves is due to soggy soil. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Take out the plant from its pot and inspect the roots for root-rot disease. Mushy brown roots are indicative of root-rot disease. Read more on root-rot disease and how to treat it.

Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) pests

The common pests in Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) are Mealy Bugs, Scales and Spider Mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) poisonous?

According to Gardnersworld.com Bleeding Glory Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) has no toxic effects reported.

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