Daylilies forum: question about dividing daylilies

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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Sep 21, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Just about every article and video I've seen about dividing daylilies tells you to dig out the entire clump first. There is no way I want to do that!!! Is there a good way to just get a few fans from an edge of a clump to give to a friend? Also, is it a bad idea to slice thru the tubers with a garden knife when you do divide them? Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Sep 21, 2016 12:29 PM CST
pinkruffles - since I have mostly fairly large clumps on my daylilies, and since this is the way it was done when I purchased several from our local daylily farm, I took a spade and after deciding how many fans to share, I cut into the clump with the spade at an angle toward the inside to make sure I got several fans and the tubers. Once I had my fans out I cleaned them up (took off anything that wouldn't grow) and removed the "partial" tubers so everything would be intact. I then fill in the hole where I took them out with dirt and stomp it in and water it. A couple of days later if the edges look weepy remove what isn't going to live anymore and my clump always comes back nice in the Spring. I live in zone 5b. Hope this helps!
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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Sep 21, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Ginny, thank you very much--that was VERY helpful!! Is your spade head pretty much flat and rectangular, with a lip on the top to kick down on?
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Legalily
Sep 21, 2016 1:15 PM CST
It looks more like this one (except mine are really old and I love them!)

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