Dividing Perennial Flowers in Fall

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Along with transplanting woody ornamentals, October is a good month to divide some perennial flowers. Some common perennials that can be divided in the fall include hosta, black-eyed Susan, purple cone flower, daylily, garden peony and tickseed.

Dividing perennials can be beneficial for the plant as often times a perennial can get so thick it will stop flowering. Dividing the plant will give the plant more space to gather sunlight to produce more blooms. Some plants like peony may take a couple years to develop a big enough root system to support flowering after they have been divided.

When dividing perennials, dig the entire plant up. Use a sharp knife or a sharp shovel to cut the plant into sections with each section containing a piece of the stem and a bud for new growth. Then put the plant back into the ground as quickly as possible or into containers to be shared with friends. Don’t allow the plant to dry out before it gets put back into the soil.