May: Dividing Perennials
Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary
Gardeners are generous souls. They love to share their gardening passion with others. Their stories include both successes and failures. But nature is always kind to gardeners and there is always another gardening season.
It’s not uncommon for gardeners to plant more than they need so they will have extra to share with others. Gardeners grow a variety of plants—-fruits and vegetables, annuals and perennials, shrubs and trees. All are great for sharing.
Did you know May is a perfect time for dividing perennials? Perennials are plants which come up year after year. Most perennials benefit from division. Once a perennial has matured and become established, it may be divided. Dividing perennials is a great way to move plants to other areas of your property or give to people who are looking for plants.
A good rule of thumb is to divide perennials in spring or fall. Best not to divide them when they are in full bloom. I have good luck dividing hostas and daylilies. You can divide by digging up the entire plant and dividing it into smaller plants. You can also leave the plant in the ground and dig up the part you want to move or share. Remember to water and fertilize the new plants.
Don’t forget our Annual Plant Sale, May 14, 8am-12 noon at the Optimist Club Hall Parking Lot. There is a plant for everyone and this year, the addition of outdoor gardening decor. Plant donations are always welcome and may be dropped off (with plant name and color) at the Farmers Market,May 13, 5-7pm. If you have questions, contact Debbie Thomas, President at (905) 774-3064 or Deb Zynomirski, Vice President at (905) 774-8453.
For more tips on growing perennials, annuals and vegetables, attend a monthly meeting of the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS), free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike. Gardeners are some of the nicest folks I know. Join us at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville. My dad, returning favorite, Lester “MacGyver” Fretz will be presenting “Backyard Greenhouses” on May 19, 7-9pm. Lester enjoys talking about, growing, and giving away fruits and vegetables.
Sandi Marr, DHS Recording Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.