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    Default [b]dividing perennials[/b]

    A Dear Friend sent this article today , and I thought of everyone here, so here is her list. Thanks to Deb.
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    DIVIDING PERENNIALS

    How will you know when a perennial plant needs to be divided?
    Some may need to be divided every 3-4 years, others will quite
    happily grow for up to ten years before they need to be divided,
    and a few species don't like to be divided at all. The best
    thing to do is to let the plants tell you when it's time. Divide
    a perennial when you notice any of the following symptoms:

    The plant is flowering less than usual and the blooms are smaller
    Growth in the center of the plant is dying, leaving a hole in the
    center with growth only around the edges
    The plant isn't growing as vigorously as it has in the past
    The plant has outgrown its space and is becoming crowded by its
    neighbors

    Spring is the best time to divide most perennials, although there
    are some exceptions to the rule. Perennials that bloom in the
    spring, such as iris and poppies, can be divided in late summer to
    early fall. Some plants don't like to be divided or moved at all.
    These homebodies include peonies and tree peonies, foxtail lilies,
    bleeding hearts, goats beard and butterfly milkweed. They should be
    divided only when absolutely necessary. Never divide a perennial
    while it is blooming as this would be too stressful for the plant.

    The first time you divide a perennial, you're going to be nervous
    about it. That's natural, this process makes every gardener
    nervous at first. But the more you divide perennials, the easier
    it will become. Dividing perennials is often more stressful for the
    gardener than for the plants.

    Follow these simple steps to divide your perennials:


    Start by digging around the perimeter of the plant with a sharp
    spade
    After digging all around the plant, slide your spade beneath the
    clump and lift it out of the ground
    Use a sharp spade or a knife to cut the clump into smaller, more
    manageable plants
    Discard any sections of the plant that are dead and trim off any
    damaged roots
    Keep the divisions moist and in the shade until they can be replanted
    Replant the divisions at the same depth the plant was originally
    growing
    Water the newly planted divisions well and keep them from drying out
    while they re-establish themselves
    Last edited by JoAnn; 04-22-2009 at 12:16 AM.
    JoAnn
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