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

      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

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