Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

Fancy Daylilies (page 4 of 4)

by Dorothy J. Pellett

Dividing Established Plants

To rejuvenate established clumps, divide them every three to four years. Commercial growers in very warm climates caution gardeners against dividing and planting when temperatures exceed 85F. Even in my northern garden, I have had better success dividing after growth begins in spring, or in early fall. It is best to complete fall division at least six weeks before the arrival of cold weather stops root development.

Before dividing, trim the foliage to 6 to 8 inches so the crown is clearly visible and there's less foliage to handle. Plant each division with the crown (the point where roots meet leaves) at or just an inch below the soil surface.

Dorothy J. Pellett grows more than 60 varieties of eyed daylilies in her Vermont garden.

Photographs by Suzanne DeJohn/ National Gardening Association

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