How to Plant and Grow Bloodroot

What You'll Need
Gardening gloves
Watering can or garden hose
Bloodroot plants
Spade or small shovel

Bloodroot is a perennial plant that flowers year after year. It is a native plant to North America. It can be found in the northern section of the United States and in the maritime provinces of Canada (Nova Scotia for one). Bloodroot generally flowers between the months of March and May. It has very pretty white petals and a delicate looking flower.  Many gardeners love to develop a Bloodroot garden under trees and around shaded areas. In order to grow a Bloodroot garden, follow the steps below

Step 1 – Find a Planting Location

Bloodroot grows best in areas that gather a lot of rain. They do not grow great in sunny, dry soils. Find a location that is shaded by trees and that has a moister soil for a longer period of time. Also, make sure your bloodroot is free from any household pets. Make sure you do not plant bloodroot in an area that your pets are free to roam. Not only will the pet destroy the pretty and delicate flower but bloodroot is harmful to most small animals such as dogs and cats. If you plant in the right location, your bloodroot will bloom for a few weeks at a time.

Step 2 – Purchase Your Bloodroot

Special garden centers will carry bloodroot. Bloodroot is an endangered species. You should not dig bloodroot up from the wild. There are also conservation and other groups that preserve bloodroot seedlings and plants for transplantation and harvesting in the home.

Step 3 – Plant Your Bloodroot

Put on your garden gloves. Dig a hole and plant your bloodroot. Plant in rows about 6 to 12 inches apart. Water your bloodroot thoroughly after planting. Return every day and add additional water. This will help to make sure the roots take hold.

Step 4 – Wash Up

After touching bloodroot, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands thoroughly. This is important even if you have worn gloves to plant. The root sap of the bloodroot actually contains a toxin and is not good for your skin. The toxin should especially not be in contact with your eyes, ears, nose, mouth or throat. In addition, if you have sensitive skin, you may feel a burning sensation from the toxins.

Step 5 – Let Your Bloodroot Grow

As your bloodroot starts to grow and develop flowers, do not touch or alter it. Allow the flowers to mature and fall off completely.  As the petals drop from the bloodroot, they also drop additional seedlings. The seedlings will embed themselves under the top soil layer. The seedlings are actually taken away by Ants. The Ants eat the outer layers of the seeds and drop the remaining inner layer. The Inside layer of the bloodroot seed is what embeds under the soil and grows into a new bloodroot plant. A new crop of bloodroot plants will soon sprout. Your bloodroot garden will begin to develop quickly if you do not disturb the plants.