The Dry Garden: Multiplication by division

Posted on | November 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Hummingbird sage.* Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Pulling up a plant and ripping it in half at the roots is a violent way of showing affection, but for a school of groundcovers, including many grasses, bulbs and woodsy flowers, doing just that amounts to true love. So, if you have established giant rye, coral bells, irises or hummingbird sage, and you want more of the same, now is the moment to divide and separate the plants.

Short days and early showers are abetting this endeavor. If you can’t jump when the meteorologists say “rain,” do it when you have time, then give the transplants a steady, gentle watering.

How roughly or tenderly you handle division should depend on the plant. Click here to keep reading about how to divide native plants in The Dry Garden in the Los Angeles Times.

*An earlier version of this post mistakenly labeled the photo as a coral bell. The photo was swapped but the caption was not changed. Apologies and thanks to Ben Oswald for pointing out the error.


One Response to “The Dry Garden: Multiplication by division”

  1. Ben Oswald
    November 29th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    The caption of the photo mistakenly identifies the salvia spatheca as a coral bell…

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