Dividing Perennials In The Fall

Dated: 09/14/2016

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Dividing Perennials In The Fall 

Perennials are plants that are hardy enough to continue growing each year in your garden (as opposed to annuals which you need to replant every year). Often, the only maintenance needed to keep perennials in great shape is to divide them periodically. It helps keep plants from becoming overcrowded, protects from fungal diseases and insects, and, as a bonus, you get more plants for free.

Fall is the best time to divide most perennials - after they have bloomed and gone dormant for the year. An exception would be irises and other fall bloomers (irises should be divided in summer after blooming, other fall perennials should be divided after blooming or even the following spring). Dividing in the fall gives the plants more of a time for the roots to develop strongly into the soil before the next gardening season.

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Here's a list of tips for dividing your perennials:

1. Divide the perennials when the plants are looking full and lush but before they start to show signs of overcrowding. 

2. Divide when the weather is not overly warm. Plants establish more quickly in the soil when they aren’t under stress.

3. Lift the plant from the soil with as little root disruption as possible. The roots are just about the size of the plant above-ground. Start digging with a shovel around the soil at the edge of where you think the roots are and then around the perimeter of the roots. Gently lift the plant from the bottom of the roots.

4. Shake off the soil and look at the roots. Are they entangled? Are they easy to separate? Use your hands or two garden forks to gently pry the roots apart. If the roots are strongly tangled into clumps, you can use a garden saw (just know this might cause damage to the plant).

5. Remove any debris or diseased leaves. If any parts of the plant looks unhealthy, dispose of them. For best results, add compost and manure into the soil to where you're moving your plant and give the soil a good turning so that it continues to be healthy, light, and well draining.

6. Plant a healthy-looking section of plant back into the space that you removed the larger clump from. Backfill the area with soil and water it well.

7. The remaining sections can be planted in the garden right away or potted up to be given away. 

For more tips and a list of when to divide which plants --> click here 

A lush and healthy looking garden is a great selling point for your home, so keep it maintained! 

If you're ready to buy or sell a home call the Realty Edge Team! Contact the Realty Edge Team at 507-722-1107 or at www.rochesterrealtyedgeteam.com. 

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Nate Cunningham

Nate grew up and graduated high school in Osage, Iowa. He served in the US Army and Iowa Army National Guard right out of high school and went on to complete one tour in Northeast Afghanistan. Nate th....

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