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

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Learn to Garden

Step 1: Pull Out Clumps

Pull Out Clumps

Pull Out Clumps

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Next Up

Divide and Conquer: How to Propagate Perennials

Many perennials outgrow their space or lose vigor with age. Revive plants by dividing them when dormant and replanting. 

Dividing Perennials

Follow these easy steps to divide perennials.

How to Plant Perennial Flowers & Plants

Perennials are the mainstay of the traditional flower garden. When planted correctly, they are long-lived.

How to Plant Perennials

Learn how to grow perennials in your garden with this step-by-step planting guide.

How to Divide Bearded Irises

Division is the easiest method of making new plants.

Plant a Rose and Perennial Garden

Create a contemporary display using disease-resistant roses and pretty perennials for a modern mix of flowers and foliage.

When to Divide Perennials

Learn how to tell if your perennials need dividing—and when to do it.

How To Choose, Plant And Grow Perennials

Grow gorgeous blooms year after year with tips from this helpful guide.

Supporting Perennial Plants

Supports aren't always necessary when growing plants, but when stems are weak or exposed, stakes prevent significant damage.

Selecting and Planting Perennials

Discover how perennials can brighten your garden with this guide on how to choose the best ones for your outdoor space.