Astilbe - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Zurich, Il
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Question by amayaalfredo
October 6, 2010
Can astilbe plans be divided in fall? Now?. Thank you

Answer from NGA
October 6, 2010
You can divide astilbes in the fall or in the spring. The entire plant can be dug up and the rootmass divided with a shovel. As long as each division has both stems and roots attached, it will grow into a new plant. I dig mine in the spring, just as new growth appears. This way I know where the stems are developing and can lay the plant on its side and slice through the roots with the blade of a shovel. The divisions can be as large or as small as you want - as long as each division has a stem or shoot with roots attached. Best wishes with your project!

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