Multiply Your Perennials by Dividing

Some flowers are incredibly vigorous, and they’ll take over the whole backyard if you don’t divide them. Others grow better after dividing because you get rid of the old, weak growth that produces puny blooms and attracts pests and diseases. Best of all, dividing is a great way to get loads of beautiful new flowers for free!

And guess what? Early fall is the best season for dividing crowded perennials! So get out there and start chopping away at those overgrown clumps. Break ‘em apart with your hands, making sure each new division has at least one bud or stem and some roots.

Once you’ve got your divisions replanted, my Perennial Transplant Tonic will get them back on their feet without missing a beat. Here’s how to whip up a batch:

Mix 1 can of beer, 4 tablespoons of instant tea granules, 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and 2 gallons of warm water in a bucket. Soak your newly divided perennials in this tonic for about 10 minutes just before replanting them. When you’re finished, dribble any leftover tonic around your newly settled divisions to get ‘em off to a supercharged start. Come spring, they’ll be growing like gangbusters!

For more handy hints, timely tips, and super solutions to keep your yard lush and lovely, check out my Terrific Garden Tonics! book—FREE for 21 days!

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