How To Propagate Plants
by Division

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How To Propagate Plants by Division

Plant Propagation Technique

You can grow plants from seeds or bulbs. However, that is not the only form of plant propagation. One of the many ways to do it is division – plant parts are separated from the parent plant and replanted. Division is one of the most fundamental techniques for propagation, making it a preferred method for many amateur gardeners and new plant enthusiasts.

Blackberry suckers and strawberry runners are two examples of parts that can be cut from the original plant and sown right away. As an alternative, sections that have not yet developed roots, such as tulip bulblets and hen-and-chicken offsets, may be simply separated from the parent plant. That is especially true near the end of the growing season. You could state the same for some forms of cutting – for example, cannas, rhubarb, and numerous herbaceous perennials. Sections are cut or pulled from the main clump of roots and crown and then used to give life to a new individual plant.

There are diverse division techniques among plant lovers. Rough division entails cutting across bigger clusters of plants like phlox, rhubarb, and many shrubs using a sharp spade or axe. You should plant the separated plant parts right away. Or you could dig up the clumps, separate them with your hands and use the help of a knife to cut them up – this is considered a finer technique. Thin branches, also called stolons, naturally take root after being split apart and can be used in other division methods. Crowns or rooted buds that emerge from the soil at the end of the growing season and push forward are frequently cut off and replanted. The underground branches’ short, thicker tubers are separated from the main stems and clumps and then planted individually. And the bulblets that grow in the leaf axils of Tiger Lilies and other similar varieties, as well as the fronds of certain ferns, are even more specialized examples of division.

Thanks to division’s simple nature and many possibilities, it’s no wonder why it’s people’s go-to form of plant propagation. It is definitely a method we’d recommend for newbies.

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