Fall is a great time to divide some perennials so they will be more productive and looking good come spring. It sounds daunting, but it’s really pretty simple.
My quick tips -
- Pull apart root clumps (you may need to cut some thick ones), leaving 2-3 shoots per segment
- Plant in new location (never hurts to work in a bit of compost or fertilizer if needed)
- Water thoroughly for several weeks
I divide my iris and daylily in the fall, if necessary. My tall phlox and lily of the valley I thin. These are both really hard to dig completely up and the roots are dense. I selectively thin them instead.
Get more tips on dividing perennials at the University of Illinois Extension Web site.
While you’re at it, this would be a good time to lift any tender bulbs and tubers like dahlia, canna lily, caladium, and begonias for overwintering.
General storage tips for overwintering tender bulbs, rhizomes and tubers -
- Keep dry and above freezing temps – mine do fine in my cool basement.
- Store them loosely in newspaper, a paper bag or peat moss so they don’t hold moisture and grow mold.
- Label them! I don’t know how many times I didn’t do this [thinking I'd remember ] and had no idea what I had come spring.
More on storing non-hardy bulbs can be found at BirdsandBlooms.com
What fall tasks are you doing in your yard and garden?