How to Divide Plants in a Perennial Garden

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Learn how to divide up plants in a garden of perennial plants and flowers in this gardening video from a year-round garden expert. View Video Transcript

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Martha Cycz

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Dividing plants. We talked about dividing is one of the better things about perennials. How do you go about doing that? I'm going to take this little rose colored thyme, which is a fairly good size. Nice low plant, and I'm going to put it on the other side of my garden because I have an empty space there. Again, you want to have a nice sharp tool. Usually, it's best to do it not in the middle of the day. Usually, the month of July and the beginning of August I wouldn't do this because it's very hot. But if you have the end of the day when it's a little cloudy you can do it. Put your shovel in and then you make sure you right underneath the plant. Some plants have a deep root system, some have a shallow. You right around it, right down, and then you lift it out. It usually lifts up fairly easy if your soil is in fact nice loose soil. Make sure you get all the roots. I never take any of the dirt away from my roots. I just want to leave it right the way it is. It's going to feel like it's home. I'm going to take this plant just the way it is on my shovel and carefully walk it over to the place I want to put it, which happens to be on the other end of garden, which needs a little low plant right here. I'm going to take this thyme. This hole here, which I've already loosen up the soil. You want to have nice loose soil. If it's hard the roots won't go down. You want to figure on how deep should it be so it sits very nicely. With my gardening gloves on, pick it up, take this little weed out of it, and gently set it down and put the dirt all around it. Anytime you transplant this, usually at the end of the day I would suggest, then you'd have the watering bucket close at hand and you'd water it very nicely and then water it thorough. The worst thing you can do is just water plants a little bit, because then the roots don't actually get the water. You just kind of take your hand, take the soil so it's right up over the roots but not overpowering it, and there you have a nice new plant for next year to enjoy.