How to Divide Perennial Plants

February 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm Leave a comment

It is normal to get overwhelmed when you do not know what to do with plants that appear to be getting out of hand. Perhaps they are growing over other plants; blocking and pathway or it just looks odd.
People often avoid handling plants in any way for fear of killing them, and the end result can be over grown, straggly, unappealing perennials.
Most plants are a lot tougher than one might think. It’s like the old adage of the human body – both humans and plants are made to take a little physical wear and tear here and there, as it is in our genes to repair and recuperate.
Division of plants is recommended in most perennial plants as they grow over a 2 to 3 year period. The best way to determine whether a plant is in need of division is when it has more than doubled in size; tends to have created a few more clumps; or it is loosing it’s density in the centre. Keep in mind, you may be creating smaller, less attractive plants at that moment, but it is a sure thing that the next growing phases, you will observe a healthier, fuller, thicker plant that is much more aesthetic and healthy.

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