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Dividing Plants

Older plants that have been growing for years will eventually start to die out in their centers. To keep them healthy, you will need to lift and divide these plants. Dividing perennials is also beneficial for controlling the size of plants and allowing them enough space to increase in number. Lastly, dividing plants helps to rejuvenate them, keeping them vigorous and blooming freely. Dividing and replanting keeps rapidly spreading perennials under control. Dividing perennials is an easy and inexpensive way to gain additional plants for your garden or to share.

In general, it is best to divide spring and summer blooming perennials in the fall, and fall bloomers in spring. By dividing the plant when it is not flowering, all the plant’s energy can go to root and leaf growth.