Starting and Germinating Bloodroot Seeds

In the wild, bloodroot seeds germinate inside the nests of ants, where they are protected from rodents and have direct access to vital nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Bloodroot can be grown from seeds, leaf cuttings, or from dividing the below-ground rhizomes. Learn more about how to successfully germinate and grow bloodroot below.


Growing Bloodroot from Seeds

Scatter the bloodroot seeds on the soil surface in the spring, preferably on soil warmed to above 40 degrees F. (4 degrees C.). Ensure they have mixed shade and sunlight conditions and that soil pH is moderately acid, between 5 and 7. The flower will appear first, then the leaves.


Growing Bloodroot from Rhizome Division

Dig up and divide a bloodroot rhizome in the early fall, ensuring that 1 active bud is present on each section. Plant the bud right away, as it needs a cold period to help it germinate in spring.


Grow Bloodroot from Leaf Cuttings

Remove leaf cuttings from bloodroot plants above the stem junction in the late spring and set them in a chilled frame, protected from sunlight and excess moisture in peat moss, until roots form and the plants establish themselves.

Bloodroot flowers grow well with other woodland species such as trillium, woodland phlox, columbine, and blue and black cohosh.