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Divide & Share Plants With Friends This Fall

share plants - perennials in tubtrugs and pots

Pair your divided plants with tubtrugs or ceramic pots for a complete gardening gift. Daylilies seen in tubtrugs, Bearded Iris in ceramic pots.

If you’re one of the lucky gardeners who is faced with the fun problem of too many Daylilies, Hostas, or other perennials that need to be divided this fall, why not share plants with friends or neighbors? Fall is an ideal time of year to dig up and divide these overcrowded plants in your garden. It's also the perfect time to help your favorite new (or seasoned) gardener add to their landscape. Pair your divided plants with fun containers for a gift that can be planted now and a pot that can be used later.

Step One Of Project #SharePlants: Identify Varieties That Should Be Divided

There are several varieties that should be divided every few seasons to avoid overcrowding and disease. Dividing can be done in the late fall after the plant has died back for the season, or in the early spring just as new growth emerges.

share plants - orange daylilies

These orange daylilies at the front of our home had grown overcrowded and needed to be divided.
share plants - dividing daylilies

We dug them up this fall after much of the growth had died back.

Plants To Divide And Share:

Step Two Of Project #SharePlants: Divide

Digging up and dividing plants is easy:

  • Dig around a large clump of the plant you’re going to divide in a circle, so that it's easier to get the plant out of the ground.
  • After you dig the plant up, you can divide it into smaller, more manageable clumps using a sharp knife. Typically, you’ll want each section to be at least 20% of the entire clump.
  • Re-plant several of your smaller, healthy plants where you dug the entire plant up, with plenty of space in between them.  
  • You’ll have several plant clumps leftover, which is where the plant sharing fun begins!
  • Place your extra plants in a container (like a tubtrug or bucket) that has a couple of inches of water at the bottom. This will keep the root systems healthy until the plant is in its new home, without soaking the roots which could lead to rot.
share plants - dividing daylilies, containers

Have a container with a couple of inches of water at the bottom ready when you divide your plants.

Learn more about digging up and dividing plants in our blog.

Step Three Of Project #SharePlants: Presentation

If you know of someone who is new to gardening or just moved into a new home, they are the perfect candidate for your extra plants. We recommend having fun with your gift presentation: pair your divided perennials with a fun container, a tubtrug (which every gardener should have), gloves, a trowel, or whatever else you think is a must-have garden tool. The key is that they can plant the perennials as soon as they get them in the fall and then use the container in the spring (or winter if they’re growing Amaryllis bulbs).

share plants - gift for a new gardener

If you're giving your divided plants away to a new gardener, put together a "starter package" for them. Include your favorite tools, gloves, garden tchotchkes, and more. Also, make sure to label your plants!

Seed Gifts

If you’re a thrifty wildflower gardener and like to save your seeds at the end of the year, this is another great gift for a gardening friend. Harvest your seeds at the end of the season and place them in an airtight container like a mason jar or tupperware. Your lucky recipient can either plant the seeds in the fall or save them right in the container until spring.

share plants - harvesting sunflower seeds.

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds is so easy and fun.
share plants - seeds in jars.

Harvested seeds — or leftover seeds from your own planting — also make fantastic garden gifts. Place them in airtight containers so they can be stored for months if not planted right away.

Learn How To Harvest Sunflower Seeds In Our Blog

Step Four Of Project #SharePlants: Lend A Helping Hand

If you want to add even more (free) value to your garden gift, when you bring your plants or seeds over to your friends’ garden, come with your shovel and gloves and help them plant. Or, if they aren’t quite sure where they want to plant the perennials or seeds, offer up your help at a different time. This — especially if you’re giving plants to a new gardener — may be the most exciting part of your gift.

Although you can (almost) always find a place for extra plants in your own landscape, the joy that gifted perennials and seeds brings to a gardening friend is absolutely worth it. Also, the fact that these plants came from your garden — and your green thumb — makes the gift that much more special.

Do you have a favorite plant in your garden that was given to you by a gardening friend? Please share in the comments below.

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