If you have perennials in your garden .
odds are sooner or later you're going to have to divide
some of them.
Cory Malles has some tips in today's Hands on Gardening.
Dividing perennials is today's Hands on Gardening.
Joining me is Steve Huntzicker from the UW Extension
And Sreve if you got lillies or cidum or hostas
at some point, you'er going to have to divide them.
There are a lot of different plants in our garden
that we can divide.
It's really important to think about of this rule
That rule is our spring flowering plants we want to
divide in the fall and our summer blooming plants
we want to divide in the spring.
For the most part, a lot of these plants are fairly
hardy, so you don't have to be an expert to divide
Axactly and really that rule of thumb that we just
talked about if you need to you can divide anytime,
but the key to dividing would be watering.
We want to make sure we get enough moisture for thiose
plant roots to establish themselves no matter when
So, when would you divide a plant?
That's a good question.
Many times pepople think they need to wait a certain
number of years 2 to 3 years on this plant or 3
to 5 years on this plant.
That is not necessarily the case.
We want to look for some signs.
Are the plants flowering like they always have? Are
they getting big, healthy blooms or are they really
small? Ot in some cases, like Cedum, we start to see
die out in the middle of those plants.
We need to remove those to produce good, vigorous
growth ve the whole area.
And the good news is plants like Cedum, dayl lillies,
your hostas these are pretty much mistake proof.
There kind of hard to kill, so don't be afraid to
manhandle them a little bit.
Be sure to make a sharp knife-like cut when we are
dividing these plants out.
We can do that with a spade or a shovel to make a
clean cut through them.
You can even use a large knife if the plants are small
You want to make a clean cut to get that seperation
to get those roots to re-establish.
And remember no matter our root system is a bunch
or a tap root, you want to take a good portionj of
that root system with the plant to help it thrive
in it's new location.
And don't forget to water, water, water.
As always, some good advice there, Steve.
That is today's Hands on Gardening.