GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Caring for Perennials


Here we are in the “Dogs Days of Summer”. It is hot. It is humid. And, it can be dry. Like us, plants too can struggle under these conditions. But, perennials that are over-crowded can be under more stress. Sometimes dividing perennials is needed in order to revive their performance and improve their health and longevity. I know this blog is on dividing perennials. Just keep in mind that not all perennials need to be divided.

Some of the more popular perennials that can benefit from being divided are Peonies, Daylilies, Hostas, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, and others.

So far I have given you the “when” and the “why” with dividing perennials. Here are other good reasons for dividing your perennials now:

  1. You get more plants from that one perennial that you can either add to your existing landscape or you can share your divisions with family and friends.
  2. If the perennial has spread to where it is not wanted then this is a good time to dig up these extra perennials and either get rid of them or transplant them to another location.

More often than not dividing perennials is just the improvement your plants need for rejuvenation.

When planting the newly divided perennials, think about adding ESPOMA BIO-TONE in the hole. Bio-Tone is a root stimulator. What you do is sprinkle Bio-Tone in the hole so that it comes into direct contact with the roots of the perennials. Bio-Tone is a wonderful product.

TIP: When buying new perennials this fall—look at the perennial while still in the pot. Many of these perennials can be divided right away. So, instead of getting one plant—you can get two or three plants after dividing. This is quite a savings if you think about it.


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