Dividing Perennial Daylilies and Other Plants in the Garden-VIDEO & WRITTEN DIY

Spring and fall are the perfect times to divide your perennials. Today we’re dividing daylilies and you can do the same with all kinds of plants. They’re very easy to divide and for many perennial flowers that’s how you get more plants.

Watch the Video tutorial I made. If you prefer written DIY’s you’ll find that below.

Daylilies can be cross pollinated pretty easily, so even if you did get seeds, unless you’re the only neighbor with them, it probably won’t have true traits of the parent plant. That’s how new varieties are made and they can be pretty amazing. Hard to get plants can be divided.

They’re very easy to divide and actually looked better if you divide them every few years. It’ll give you more plants to spread around your yard or to share. Perennials are not usually propagated by taking a cutting and putting them in water like tropical houseplants are. (Though many can, but that’s not what this is about.) For most plants you have to divide the roots to make a clone of the plant. It’s really easy.
Daylilies, meadow sages, lambs ear, yarrow, bee balm, hyssop and more are divided like this.

As a general rule, however large the plant is on top, it’s probably got similar sized roots. Well established plants can have massive roots.

Dig the roots out with a shovel or pitchfork carefully digging all the way around it so you don’t break the roots off. Clean the root of dirt just enough so you can see them well and divide them in half.

If you bought a bare root plant, this is how it would come, with the roots washed of all the soil.

If I hadn’t been able to coax and pull the roots apart apart easily, I would have used a knife or shovel and cut the whole root ball in half.

It’s really that easy. Make sure that any foliage has plenty of roots to support the new plant. Many of them can be divided several times, as I did here.

Plant the new plants in the garden with compost for organic nutrients that break down over time and will continue to feed it all year. You can also plant it in a pot to give away as I’m doing. Water them and you’re done. Keep them watered until established, then you have a whole new garden plant!

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