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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dividing perennials: an easy beginning

Just before the snows started to fly yesterday, I dug up a partially frozen clump of barrenwort (Epimedium sp.). There probably isn't any plant that is easier to divide. Just tease it apart so that at least one bud remains per division. From the one clump (that I paid $15 for), I can make 50 more. Now, multiply 50 times $15, and that equals $750. Took me 15 minutes. I'm making $3000 an hour!
     I use a potting soil that is a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite. Adding some extra perlite doesn't hurt.

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