The Q&A Archives: Propagating Bee Balms/Shasta Daisy/Yarrow

Question: In my garden my Bee Balms have taken off like weeds. I tried to plant from the tallest plant to the shortest. It didn't turn out that way. I planted shasta daisys in the back/ bee balms in the middle and yarrow in front. The problem is that the bee balms have taken off and are alot taller than the shasta daisies.
My garden looks messy. Although I have attracted hummingbirds and I love that. It is best to propagate bee balms and shasta daisies in the fall? I want to dig them up now but I know that isn't a great ideal. Can anyone give me advice. Thank you so much.
Sincerely-a messy gardener. Kathy

Answer: Bee balm can spread tremendously by sending out roots so you need to allow it plenty of space and be prepared to divide it (or shovel prune it) regularly. This can be done spring or fall as can transplanting of it. The yarrow may also be a spreader depending on what kind you have -- some forms are consistent clumpers. This plant can also be divided spring or fall. The Shasta daisy is better moved or divided in early spring just as it begins to grow for the year. Enjoy your hummers!

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