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Garden Trivia

When is the best time of year to divide perennials?

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

The best time to divide perennials varies with the different plant species. Early spring (just as new growth begins to appear) is the best time to divide many species. Other species can be divided in late summer/fall (mid-August through September). Learn more here.
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