How to Divide Daylilies and Other Perennials

May 21st, 2015

My move gets ever closer, less than 2 months now and I say goodbye to the garden I’ve built over the last 12 years and… well… its traumatic. But one thing is for sure, I don’t want to have to buy a lot of these plants again. So I’ve been busy taking divisions and otherwise potting up my favorites to take with me to my new place. Especially daylilies, I have a huge daylily collection, and some very expensive ones (the most I’ve ever paid for a daylily was $200, I’m not kidding…). I definitely want these plants to come with me.

Meanwhile, I happened to notice one of the videos I did awhile back has over a million views on Youtube, seriously, a million views. I hadn’t been doing many videos over the years, thinking they didn’t get many views so why bother, but I guess I was wrong, so now I’m inspired to do more videos, hence, today’s blog post about dividing daylilies is in video form, enjoy.

Since apparently its a thing, I’m going to try to do more videos going forward into the future.

6 Responses to “How to Divide Daylilies and Other Perennials”

  1. Jose  Says:

    Great post Chris, but wouldn’t moving daylily hurt them after they started to grow in fresh soil?

  2. Administrator  Says:

    No, the plant overall benefits from this process, it will be weak for a little bit, but then bounce back with more vigor than before.

  3. Sofia  Says:

    We got the same issue of moving and want to take at least some of the plants with us. Thank you for such a simple and useful video!

  4. Earthy Susan  Says:

    Thanks for the post , Chris. Can you help me put with dividing my 50 plus year old iris patch?

  5. Administrator  Says:

    That is a lot of work, a lot of work indeed. Irises especially get those large central dead spots. But it is very straight forward. Irises are probably the easiest plants to divide since their rhizomes are so close to the top of the soil. Just find each spot where leaves are going up, and leave 6 inches of root attached to that point, and cut it out. But a 50 year old plot is going to be a lot of work.

  6. Reese  Says:

    Thanks for sharing! Very informative.

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