|A hosta I found on sale that can be divided into at least|
two more hosta. Love this lime color. It will add
light to the shady border I have in mind.
One way I make the most of my plant purchases is to look for a split-able plant. What's split-able?
- already has one or more plants in the pot
- has a root system that can be divided
- is basically healthy
Not all plants can be split or divided. Certainly not most annuals like petunias, impatiens, geranium or the like. Roses and other ornamental bushes cannot be divided either. Luckily lots of other gorgeous perennials can be divided with great results.
Patience is the key here. Divided plants are initially smaller and may need a little extra nurturing for the first year. If you wait until next year - - you will be rewarded!
How do you know if a plant can be divided? If you don't know, Google the plant. This may take another trip back to the nursery or big box store but the information is worthwhile. Check to see how it is propagated. If the propagation technique includes root division - - that's the clue. Also check on the method of division. Is it simply pulling apart roots, like creeping jenny? Or does it need to be cut (like iris or hosta)?
Here are some of the perennials I have had success with dividing:
- creeping jenny (aura)
- bugleweed (ajuga)
- creeping thyme
- jacobin flower (an old fashioned flower my dad gave me)
- balloon flower
- black eyed susan
- monkey grass
|Hosta in their new home. They don't show up very well in this|
picture, but see the big one? It was a split from last year.
What plants have you divided successfully?
|Obviously I have more work to do.|