2017-08-09 / Columns

Garden Divisions Plant Care

Garden Scene with Peggy Bolton

Some garden plants have reproduced into huge clumps this season. Continuous damp soil and an overabundance of rain has promoted extra growth for many moisture-loving plants.

Daylily clumps may be out of control. Fortunately, these are very easy to deal with. Cut back leaves to about six inches - they will regrow quickly. Simply stick a spade or shovel into the clump and move that part to a new garden area. Hosta may be divided in the same manner. Plants will quickly adapt to transplanting and grow new leaves. Siberian iris, the smaller blooming early season iris, has reproduced profusely this season. Cut leaves back to expose the plant crown and divide the clump. You may have to lift the root ball and use an old saw to cut through the tough base.

Many ground covers have flourished this season. Most are easily divided and transferred by moving a portion and watering it in. If we should go into a dry period, make sure to keep it watered.

Plants such as bee balm can be cut back if they have powdery mildew. The base is usually free of the disease. Do not compost any diseased plant material. This goes for any type of infected plant debris.

Dead heading many perennials and annuals will help promote new flowering.

Both will appreciate a treatment of liquid fertilizer.

Send specific questions to: Country Grown Perennials LLC, Peggy Bolton, 4801 Pines Brook Road, Walton, NY 13856. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish to receive a personal reply. Visit us on the web at Both the nursery and the blueberry fields are closed.

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