Keeping perennials their healthiest
There are many great reasons for dividing the perennials around your property. The most important of these is the continued health and rejuvenation of each plant, and depending on the species, most benefit from this procedure every few years. Dividing also helps control their size, especially those that grow rapidly, so they don’t overwhelm nearby plants and throw off the aesthetic appeal of your beds. Separating and replanting also increases the number of available plants, which can be relocated to complement and fill in other areas of your landscape with fresh new blooms. When to divide these perennials is an important factor for their continued success. The experts at Gerbert & Sons will determine the optimum time for this procedure for each variety, depending if a spring or fall bloomer. Early fall is the perfect time to divide spring bloomers, so the plant’s energy is used for leaf growth and to allow the roots to become well established before the colder temperatures settle in. Some perennials also benefit from cutting back to ground level to encourage growth and again, proper timing is critical for the best result. The plants themselves can exhibit signs that dividing is needed, from fewer and smaller blooms than usual, to clumps in the center that die out, leaving a bare hole that is susceptible to disease. This is also the perfect time to test the soil and amend with organic solutions to further the health and success of your perennials.