How To properly Divide and Care For Perennials

Posted by Tammy Sons on 29th Sep 2015

Gardeners love perennials because they grow so quickly. These offer beauty at an inexpensive price. However, they multiply quickly and can grow out of control, clumping and may even take over other planted areas. To prevent this from happening, there comes a time when you must divide perennials in your garden. If you don’t divide these, they will eventually look ill kept. Even so, there are also other reasons why you want to separate them eventually.

Avoid Holes

Perennials overgrow and they, usually begin to clump together. When these aren’t divided every three to four years, then spots of these clumps often die out, leaving gaping holes.

Protect from Fungal Disease

Large clumps of perennial roots are susceptible to insect infestations and fungal infections.

Flowers

When you don’t divide perennials, and they multiply, these become overcrowded and have fewer or smaller flowers than those that are well spaced.

If you replant in different areas, then you control the plants, which is especially important when the plants are aggressive and tend to overwhelm neighboring plants.

More Plants

Besides, when you divide the perennials, you create more plants of the same variety. This offers an inexpensive way of adding new plants to other areas of the garden.

When to Dig Up and Separate

Many gardeners ask themselves when to dig up and separate perennials. These are very strong plans so you can dig them up to replant in different areas any time from Spring to Fall. However, there are two seasons that are best for doing this; spring and fall. These seasons are colder than the summer, so the weather and soil conditions are less stressful for the plant. Just be sure to divide them when the plants are large enough.

Bottom Line

Perennials are beautiful and very easy to grow. However, they do take some maintenance, and you do need to dig them up and separate them every couple of years. This is a natural process, but one you should do in the colder months of spring or fall. Remember, separating allows you to plant small clumps of plants in different areas of the garden.

There are tips out there for those of you who are going through this situation and need to know what to if you are ever in a drought.

Yes, it’s ok to water your plants even if you are in the middle of a drought. What you do is water your plants once a week or once every other week. An inch of water per week should be enough to take care of your plants.

Applying mulch also helps. Now, we usually tell you to use mulch during the winter months to keep the soil warm; it also works in keeping the soil moist during drought too.

Applying two to three inches of soil keeps the soil cool and helps keeps the sun directly off of the plants. It also helps if you water the mulch too before putting it around your plants.

Stop fertilizing your plants. Although fertilizing is supposed to help grow your plants, in this case, it may ruin them. Fertilizer has salt, and if the salt builds up in the soil because it is not naturally leaching out with water, it can build up over time and burn the roots.

Under normal circumstances, fertilizing is the right thing to do but in this situation, it’s best to follow these instructions rather than take an unnecessary chance.

Weeds are never a good thing, especially during a drought. Then that if you have weeds, pull them. Weeds rob plants and flowers of its moisture which of course they desperately need during this time.

Deadheading your flowers is removing spent blooms before they have a chance to set seed and zap the energy of your other plants or flowers because they will need more water to grow.

What California is going through right now is a horrible situation. Going through a drought and being told you might have to let your gardens, your plants, flowers, and grass die to save water, cannot be an easy thing to do especially if you are a gardener.

These tips are easier said than done in most cases. But if you find yourself in a situation where you are in the middle of drought conditions, it’s best to take the advice and do what you can to save your garden.

Quite frankly, I don’t know if these tips can help you especially if you live in a state where you have had drought conditions going on the last five years.

But if you live in a state or a region of the country that has shorter drought conditions, these helpful tips should get you through it.