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Can I divide and move perennials in Autumn ?


 
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Sive
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Can I divide and move perennials in Autumn ? Reply with quote

Could anyone please advise me as to whether I am totally mad to think about dividing and/or moving perennials in, say, September or October ????
I find it very difficult to know what needs moving in the spring....when the ground is usually cold and mucky, and I've also forgotten what should go where....whereas now, I have a good idea of what needs moving and splitting.
I don't seem to be able to get a definitive answer from any of my books.
Some say these procedures can only be done in the spring, while others are far more relaxed about the whole subject.
Does anyone have any experiences they can share with me ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I divide certain things in autumn its just easier to see what you are dealing with before they dissapear for the winter, i do monkshood, candelabra primulas, ligularia,hosta,michalmas dasiesto name a few, given a good mulch to protect and give it a good start in the spring . Plants are a lot more resilliant than people give them credit for , good luck Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, mountainy man, that's just what I was hoping to hear, and I agree with you too, that plants are far less fragile than we think they are ! I should stop reading books and follow my gut instinct I think !
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