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To divide a plant whose roots form offsets (small plants growing at the base of a larger one), snap the connection between any of the sections to obtain a piece with ample roots and three or more growing points (or “eyes”). Some denser clumps may have to be cut apart.
Plants that form offsets include asters (Aster spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–8), coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea and cvs., Z 3–9), hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs., Z 3–8), tickseeds (Coreopsis spp. and cvs., Z 4–9).
In this video, author and instructor Janet Macunovich demonstrates how to divide perennials with roots that form offsets.
Introduction to Dividing Perennials
Dividing Plants with Surface Roots
Dividing Plants with Taproots
Dividing Plants with Underground Running Roots
Dividing Plants with Woody Roots
10 Tips on Dividing Perennials
Produced by: Gary Junken
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