When is the best time to divide Daylilies & Coneflowers?

When is the best time to divide Daylilies and Coneflowers? and how do you separate them?

Daylilies:

Daylilies usually required division every three to five years to prevent them from becoming overcrowded. The best time is early spring before they have started to grow or after they have stopped blooming in the fall.

To divide:

  • Dig up the plants, along with their entire root system.
  • Gently shake or brush off the dirt from the roots.
  • Separate the roots into two or more groups. Each group should have at least three stems and a healthy number of roots.
  • Discard any roots that are damaged or diseased.
  • Replant setting the crown at ground level.
  • Water the plants right after planting.

Coneflowers:

Coneflowers follow the same concept as Daylilies, where they can be divided in early spring before they have started to grow or after they are done blooming in the fall every three to five years.

To divide:

  • Dig up the plants, along with their entire root system.
  • Gently shake or brush off the dirt from the roots.
  • Gently pull apart the roots into separate sections with your hands.
  • Discard any roots that are damaged or diseased.
  • Replant with the rootball level with the soil surface.
  • Water the plants right after planting.

Tips When Dividing Plants:

  • Water the plants 2-3 days beforehand, really well.
  • We recommend using Rootmaster at the time of dividing to prevent shock. Follow the directions on the bottle.
  • Avoid dividing during the hottest part of the day.
  • Make sure to follow a good watering schedule after dividing.
  • Expect the plants to not bloom the first year after dividing. This is normal. You want root growth versus flower growth so they get established.