Perennials forum: Best time to divide lungwort?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 19, 2016 9:09 PM CST
I have done this in the past, but have forgotten when I divided them. I'm in the Pacific NW and my lungwort is almost done blooming (the bloom stalks are mostly all in a leggy horizontal plane rather than upright). As I recall, these plants kind of disappear by late summer. I would like to divide and move them now if it would not compromise the plant - I can see where some early blank spots are that need filling, and the majority of the garden is just waking up. Is now the right time? Or...? Thanks in advance.
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Mar 20, 2016 7:34 AM CST
I've divided them in the spring with luck... but it may have been "dumb luck"!
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Mar 24, 2016 8:55 AM CST
They pretty much can be divided any time, but preferably just after blooming or in the fall. Sounds like now would be a good time for you.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 24, 2016 9:39 AM CST
That's what I was thinking as well. I think I'll dig some up, cut back the foliage and flowers, and pop them in where I have some holes to fill. I especially like them at the base of later emerging shrubs, as the lungwort tends to get pretty scrappy by mid-summer.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Mar 24, 2016 12:02 PM CST
Yes they do like to be cut back after blooming, they'll put out some fresh new foliage then.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 28, 2016 12:38 PM CST
Most normally I divide my lungwort in the spring , The leaves are smaller and more easily handled , they tend to have brittle bases.

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My lungwort is just now blooming
I noticed it is closer to the ground this year . Maybe because it is early
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Mar 29, 2016 5:39 AM CST
I do love the tiny blooms. Too bad they don't last very long, but the foliage is nice tucked in with the hostas!

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