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Learn How To Divide Your Perennials To Maximize Your
Investment
If you have mature plants in your garden, there is a good chance that many of them are ready for
division. This is a good way to get extra plants without buying anything new. You can use these
plants to fill in any areas in your garden that can use some planting, or you can swap these with your
gardening buddies for plants that you do not have. Here is some advice to keep in mind when you
divide your plants.

The best time to divide your plant is not when your plant has grown to a monstrous size. The best
time is at the end of the year after your plant has had a good growing year and is looking its best.
That is because you should divide it when your plant is healthy. There are signs that indicate division
is long overdue, like weak growth in the middle of the plant that looks sparse in comparison to the
outer blooms and stalks of the plant.

To minimize damage to the root system when you divide, you should dig just beyond the
circumference of the plant's drip line. This will ensure that you will get most of the root system as you
dig up the plant. After you have dug a trench around the drip line, use your spade to slice deeply, at
an angle, into the root ball, working around the plant until you have loosened the plant from the
ground.

Although perennials can be divided in any season as long as you take proper care of the plants after
division, many people find that the optimal time to divide is when the weather is cooler than the soil at
least for part of the day. This allows the roots of the newly divided plants to grow while the parts of the
plant above ground do not have to struggle under the harsh sun.

If the newly divided plants cannot be replanted right away, maintain the proper moisture level for the
roots. Put the plants in a bucket, and cover the bucket with damp newspaper to keep moisture in.
Store these plants in a cool area, like your garage. Sprinkle water on the newspaper if the roots look
like they are drying out.

If you dug out a lot of plants for division, you should replace the vacated areas with compost to
amend the soil. This prepares the area for new planting by providing the soil with nutrients and proper

air circulation.

It may be obvious, but you should only keep the plant sections that are the healthiest. Avoid sections
that show signs of weak growth or disease, or with stems that have discoloration. Healthy sections
have a better chance of thriving as an individual plant, while sections that have problems may not do
as well.

Allow adequate space between the newly divided plants. You should loosen the root ball and plant
the plant in a hole that is bigger than the spread-out root ball. This allows the root system to grow
properly, without curling onto itself.

Plant division is a straightforward process that is healthy for your plant and economical for your
pocketbook. Review what you have learned here, and let your healthy plants pay you back.
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