Secrets of Getting Flowers For FREE!

I love happy flowers.

You know the kind you look at and they just make you smile…anyway…daisies are one of those flowers on my happy list.  One way to grow healthier flowers and increase the quantity of flowers in your garden is to divide them.

For the price of a little digging, you can double or triple your perennials and trade the divided parts with your friends and neighbors {FREE FLOWERS!!}.  Spring is the perfect time to divide many perennials.  The rule of thumb is if they blossom in the spring then divide them in the fall.  If they blossom in late summer or fall then divide them in the spring when they are just starting to grow.

These Shasta Daisies were getting overgrown so I decided to divide them so I would have more.

If the weather has been very dry, water the plants to be divided the day before

Cut into the soil with your spade (or shovel in my case) ideally about six to eight inches from the edge of the plant’s crown (center), then dig around and under the entire plant before lifting it carefully.

You can carefully separate the dug up plants individually or into sections if you wish.  If you can’t replant immediately,  pot your divisions up in spare nursery pots and store them in a shady spot, keeping them well watered.

Work in soil enrichments like compost or well-rotted manure, and rake the bed level.

Like all plants, perennials need enough water to keep them growing and healthy and a good dose of  fertilizer always helps.

 Now the reasons you would want to divide any perennial would be:

  1. To rejuvenate old plants and encourage new growth and blossoms.
  2. To control the size of the plants, especially for perennials that spread rapidly.
  3. To increase the amount of flowers in your garden!

There are many books written just on the topic of when and how to divide every kind of flower.

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques