A Perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. The term is also widely used to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth from trees and shrubs, which are also technically perennials.
Dividing plants is a great way to get new and free flowers for the garden, share plants with friends, or create more space. Dividing perennials is good for the health of the plant as well. The best time to divide flowers is early fall or early spring when the plant is dormant.
- Make sure to prepare the garden soil by adding compost or an organic fertilizer before adding the plant.
- Lift the plant you plan to divide, being careful not to damage the roots. Shake off loose soil gently and remove any dead material.
- Using your hands, a fork, a knife or a garden spade, separate the plants. Throw the center of the clump into the compost pile if it is weak, woody or dead. Then divide the vigorous parts of the plant into 3-5 shoots each.
- Dig a hole in the prepared soil and place the divided plant in the hole. Fill with soil and firmly tamp it down.
- Water thoroughly and continue watering deeply throughout the first growing season.
Maintaining your Perennial Flowers
The first year, add about 2 inches of mulch right up to the plant crown to help retain moisture, keep weeds at bay and moderate soil temperatures. Each year add additional mulch without exceeding a depth of 2 inches. Water on average an inch per week the first year. Check the requirements for specific plants, as watering needs will vary depending on species and location. Deep, but less frequent watering encourages the plant to develop deeper roots, which will aid it in surviving drought conditions. An easy way to water perennials is to bury a soaker hose beneath the mulch. In the following years that will follow, perennials will require less water.
Perennials planted in good soil will not require much fertilization. Adding a good organic bloom fertilizer and some compost at the beginning of each growing season should be sufficient. Perennials grown in poor soil will benefit from occasional foliar applications of fertilizer. Read the instructions on the label for recommended application rates.
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