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Dividing Daylilies, Overcoming the Fear of Separation

By Char
October 19, 2013

There is nothing more glorious than a large daylily clump in full bloom. At some point these large daylily clumps will need to be divided. The most common question I hear from garden visitors after “When does my daylily need to be divided?” is “How do I divide my daylily?”

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Newyorkrita
Oct 18, 2013 6:11 PM CST
Excellent information, excellent pictures and excellent article.
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blue23rose
Oct 18, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Great article, Char! Every time I divide a daylily, I try to separate the new clumps in the new whole to give them room to grow and hopefully they will be easier to separate if I decide to give some away. I definitely wouldn't be with out my garden fork when I divide.

Love the pictures, too. That is a nice clump!
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chalyse
Oct 18, 2013 8:54 PM CST
I so needed that explanation about the garden fork - always hated blindly having roots cut under the ground when digging - so not only is a garden fork going on my list, it is going to the top of the list! Many thanks! Hurray! Thumbs up Group hug
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Marilyn
Oct 18, 2013 9:55 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:Excellent information, excellent pictures and excellent article.


I agree Thumbs up

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virginiarose
Oct 19, 2013 2:51 AM CST
Very easy to follow instructions and great illustrations, thank you!
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 19, 2013 11:07 AM CST
I agree I tip my hat to you. I believe I will have to get myself a garden fork. Thumbs up

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Char
Oct 21, 2013 7:25 AM CST
Sorry for the late reply, returned home last evening after being away for a few days.
Thank you everyone! I tip my hat to you. I agree Vickie, leaving a space between divided sections when replanting makes it so much easier to divide later. You still get the benefit of a full clump appearance and many times can take the fork and separate one of the sections from the edge without needing to lift the entire plant for sharing. It's a slightly different approach to "lining out", planting in a circle rather than a line.
I Lovey dubby my garden fork and wouldn't be without it!
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virginiarose
Oct 21, 2013 10:58 AM CST
I agree Great idea! I am getting a garden fork! Hurray!
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dragonfetti
Jan 20, 2015 5:58 PM CST
I agree It will be a while before I am doing any dividing but found this article while researching daylilies. Great information and I'll be checking the yard sales for a garden fork! Thank You!
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