How to Divide Perennials the Easy Way

How to divide perennials

Are dividing perennials on your spring to-do list?

Do you know what the best method is to divide perennials?

As soon as the weather gets warmer and it has finally started to feel like spring, you may find dividing your perennials on your spring to-do list. Dividing your perennials is a really great way of saving money and keeping your perennials looking amazing.

Thankfully, dividing perennials does not have to be a difficult process, making it perfect for this week’s Beginner Gardening Wednesday. Every Wednesday, we publish an article to help make gardening easier and this week’s article is all about dividing perennials.

How to Divide Perennials in 4 Easy Steps

  1. When to Divide
    The National Gardening Association recommends to divide perennials or any plant in the early spring in colder regions. The cold, moist weather creates a great environment for dividing and provides new divisions the time they need to establish themselves before the hot summers. Most perennials do best when divided every three to four years.

    In warmer regions it is best to divide in the fall. That way, the mild winter will provide the time the new divisions need.

  2. Digging Out The Root Ball
    Quick Tip: To make it easier to dig out the perennial’s root ball, Better Homes and Gardens recommends to water the perennials a few days before digging to soften the soil.

    Take a shovel or garden fork and slice into the ground around the perennial. Then move the shovel so that it’s under the root ball. Work the shovel up and down to loosen the root ball without hurting the roots too much. Once the root ball is ready, lift it up.

  3. Preparing the Root Ball for Division
    fter you have lifted the root ball, wash the clump under water, shake it, or brush away any extra soil. The goal here is to make the clump that came up easier to break apart.
  4. Separating and Replanting
    When you separate the crowns, each clump that you are left with must have leaves on it in order for it to grow, so you don’t want to make them too small.

    Replant the new clumps as quickly as possible or else you risk the plants becoming too dry. After planting, water them well. Then cover the perennials with soil.


There you have it. How to divide perennials – the easy way. Four steps later and you have saved money by not having to buy any more perennials. Plus, you have helped to keep your perennials looking great.

How About You?

Have you ever tried dividing perennials?

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