Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Got Perennials? Fall is a good time to divide and save.

We have a long empty flower bed that would cost me a fortune to fill with store bought plants. I have a lot of echinacea and black eyed susans that need divided and fall is a great time to divide certain perennials. If you divide in the fall, you should do it 6-8 weeks before the first frost or the new plant's might not survive the winter.

The weather has been beautiful and sunny. It is in the mid-70's during the day and it dips to the low 60's at night. Perfect weather to divide over-grown perennials and replant in a new spot.

My new perennial bed. I made sure to leave some room in between the plants. I have a nasty habit of planting too close together.

This over-grown ornamental grass is in desperate need of a thinning haircut. But I just read online that the best time to divide ornamental grass is in the spring, so I will wait. This helpful chart lists the best time to divide many perennial varieties.

I figured I saved at least $30 by dividing my echinacea. If I use an average price of $5.00 for a container of echinacea (and that might be conservative) and I was able to create 6 new plants by dividing 2 plants. I will save even more in the spring when I divide the ornamental grass.

Thanks for reading FamilyBalanceSheet. If you don't already receive FBS free updates, please click here to sign up.

This post is linked to Tightwad Tuesdays at Being Frugal and Frugal Friday at Life As Mom.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for reading Family Balance Sheet and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to hear from readers.