How to Divide Perennials

Select a healthy plant and water it a few hours before lifting to moisten the roots.

Leucanthemella Flowers Later in October

Leucanthemella Flowers Later in October

Leucanthemella serotina is a clump forming perennial with cheerful pure white daisies with a lemon yellow middle, and blooms beginning in early autumn.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Pull Out Clumps

Pull Out Clumps

Pull Out Clumps

When pulling out clumps for dividing, water a few hours before lifting to moisten the roots. Dig around the clumps and pry it up with a fork.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut down old stems so that you can see the crown. Dig around the clump and pry it out with a fork. Shake off surplus soil, and wash out any weed roots. Try teasing apart the clump by hand. If this is too hard, insert two forks back to back and work the handles together to split the clump. Repeat until you have enough good-sized segments.

Step 2: Replant Segments

Replanting Segments

Replanting Segments

When dividing perennials, replant segments in fresh, well-prepared soil before the roots have a chance to dry out.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Replant segments in fresh, well-prepared ground before the roots have a chance to dry out. Check that the plants are at the same depth as before, firm in and level the soil, and water well.