Easy Division for Your Plants

When it gets cramped in your flower bed, it's time to divide and conquer.
Multiplying Nature
For small clumps with loose, fibrous
root systems, such as Campanula,
simply dig up the plant and gently
pull the roots apart.

There's a lot of math going on in every successful garden. Adding new plants. Subtracting weeds. Multiplying your perennial population. And there comes a time for division, too. When plants look overcrowded or cramped, it's time to divide (generally, every three to five years). Or, you can divide to add your favorite perennial to a different spot or share it with a fellow gardener.

Remember: If the plant blooms in the spring, divide in the fall; if it blooms in late summer or fall, divide in the spring (midsummer-blooming plants should be divided in early spring).

Dividing is simple. Follow these tips, and you'll soon be a master at easy division. It doesn't get any easier than this.

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