How to Uproot Perennial Chives

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What we're going to divide here right now are some perennial chives. They grow in a big clump which we're going to move out of this container into a smaller container so we can get it around to different places and possibly turn it out again. But the main thing is to get it out of this container. There's a lot a plants that grow like this that will need to be divided so what we're going to do here has a whole lot to do with a lot of perennial bulbs. A lot of times irises, day lilies, cannas, they grow in root masses like this, and sometimes they get overgrown and they need to be moved or if you're going to divide them to sell or to give to a neighbor or something like that. The main thing to know is where the root system is. We're going to use an old spade here that has seen the Civil War, to get down underneath the main mass of the roots of this particular clump. If you notice, I'm picking up the whole darn thing. If you look underneath there, you can see how massive the root system is. What I'm doing is bringing up the whole clump, roots, dirt and all, and trying not to tear up the porcelain on my planter bathtub here. So here we are. We have a serious chunk of chives. I'm not so sure I can lift it out of there on the spade, so I'm going to pull the spade back. Oh, that was sharp. And just get a hold of it and see if I can lift it out of there. There we go. Like I said awhile ago, there's a tremendous root system involved here. I've even got some rose bush roots in the way. I'm basically rolling it out. There's two clumps here that are right side by side. I'm basically rolling it out. Here it goes into the container I'm going to put it in for the time being. Here's some of the perennial onions. These things grow year around, have a real strong taste, and they make little babies to propagate from. So I'm trying to save these because one thing, they're heirloom type plants that have been around forever in the old gardens around here. With the advent of RoundUp and some of the more powerful herbicides, some of these have gone the way of the dodo bird, because people have been a little too liberal with the herbicide, and these things can be killed. Once they're gone, they're gone. Anyway I'm trying to save them and propagate them as much as possible.