Divide Your Plants in the Fall: Time to get busy.

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Divide Your Plants in the Fall

By goldfinch4
October 5, 2011

Fall is a great time to divide your plants! Dividing perennials is an easy way to increase your plants, and it also keeps many perennials healthy and prevents them from outgrowing their space.

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mollymistsmith
Oct 4, 2011 10:05 PM CST
Thanks. I need to get busy on mine this year. Smiling Group hug
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Oct 5, 2011 3:37 AM CST
That is one serious clump of DL's.The knife isnt a sissy either.
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Oct 5, 2011 7:32 AM CST
Thanks for such a good and timely reminder. I have irises that should be divided soon.
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Oct 5, 2011 1:43 PM CST
The knife is a prop , I actually used a meat cleaver, but did not want to scare anyone Big Grin
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Oct 5, 2011 3:02 PM CST
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Lizzipa
Oct 5, 2011 4:57 PM CST
I've read many recommendations to divide plants in the spring, but fewer to divide in the fall. Can anyone give a (relative) newbie guidelines/wisdom re. fall vs. spring divisions? Thanks.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Oct 6, 2011 12:29 AM CST
Hi Liz, generally if plants bloom in the spring or early summer, the best time to divide them is fall. If they bloom in late summer or fall, the best time to divide them is spring. Not all plants do well divided in the fall though, but if you do, try to do it 6-8 weeks before a hard frost. That gives the roots time to grow before the ground freezes.
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Oct 6, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Thanks goldfinch4!
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Oct 6, 2011 3:16 PM CST
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Marilyn
May 7, 2013 12:27 PM CST
goldfinch4 said:Hi Liz, generally if plants bloom in the spring or early summer, the best time to divide them is fall. If they bloom in late summer or fall, the best time to divide them is spring. Not all plants do well divided in the fall though, but if you do, try to do it 6-8 weeks before a hard frost. That gives the roots time to grow before the ground freezes.


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goldfinch4
May 7, 2013 12:43 PM CST
Hi Marilyn, I don't have any problem remembering it, I have a problem finding time to do it! Hilarious!
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May 7, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Chris

"I have a problem finding time to do it!" I agree Thumbs up Hilarious!
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webesemps
Aug 1, 2013 2:59 AM CST
Can you all give me simple instructions as to what dividing entails in terms of dividing a mini agapanthus that has 30+ blooms in a medium pot. Never done it before and the plant is very tight inside the pot so also need to know how to remove it without breaking the pot?
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goldfinch4
Aug 1, 2013 4:31 AM CST
First, the plant sounds beautiful! The hard part is getting it out of the pot without breaking the pot. Without doing a lot of damage to the plant, I don't know of any tips on how to get it out. Sad Sorry. Once it's out you can probably wash the soil off the roots and cut it apart with a sharp knife.
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webesemps
Aug 1, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Well I have between now and Fall to jimmy it out... Whistling
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gardengus
Aug 1, 2013 3:31 PM CST
If the pot has some nice size drainage holes in the bottom you could use a dowel or something and do some pushing from the bottom while holding it upside down and tapping the top rim on something.

another idea I have tried is using a flexible spatula around the sides like trying to loosen a cake before dumping it out .
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