Dividing and Transplanting Perennials in Fall

by Steve Glor on Oct 03, 2023

Dividing and Transplanting Perennials in Fall

Hello there, fellow garden enthusiasts! Fall is in the air, and you know what that means – it's time to roll up those sleeves, grab your gardening tools, and get down and dirty in the garden. In this blog post, we're going to dive into the delightful world of dividing and transplanting perennials in the fall. Trust me, it's more exciting than it sounds, and your garden will thank you for it!

Why Divide and Transplant Perennials in Fall

First off, you might be wondering, "Why on earth should I mess with my perennials in the fall?" Well, my gardening friend, there are some pretty good reasons for it. Fall is like a reset button for your perennials. It's the time when they're getting ready to hunker down for the winter, and it's the perfect moment to give them a little TLC.

You see, dividing and transplanting perennials in the fall can help with their health and overall growth. It's like giving your plants a fresh start, and who doesn't love a fresh start?

Selecting the Right Perennials

Now, before you go digging up your entire garden, you need to be a bit choosy. Not every perennial needs to be divided. Look for the ones that are overgrown or haven't been blooming as they should. These are the candidates for a fall makeover.

Tools and Materials

Terra Planter hand spade and digging tool

To get this garden party started, you'll need a few tools and materials. Don't worry; you won't need a fancy, high-tech gardening gizmo. A trusty spade like our Terra Planter, some gloves, and a wheelbarrow will do the trick. Oh, and don't forget to have your favorite gardening playlist on standby for some musical motivation.

Preparing for Division

Before you start dividing and transplanting, it's important to prepare your garden and the perennials themselves. Give them a good drink of water a day or two before the big move to make the task a little easier. The deep root irrigator can get water down to the roots to really quench those plants. Also, make sure you have enough space for the new arrivals – you don't want them to feel cramped!

The Plant Division Process

Alright, now it's time for the fun part – the division! Carefully dig around the base of your perennial and lift it out of the ground. Shake off that excess dirt (a little soil never hurt anyone) and then, get ready to get your hands dirty. Using your planter, slice through the root ball. It's like giving your perennial a haircut – a little trim to help them thrive!

Transplanting Perennials in Fall

Long handled bulb & garden planter

Once you've divided your perennials, it's time to find them a new home. Choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and has well-draining soil. Dig a hole, pop your perennial in, and give it a good drink of water. It's like setting up your plant's new digs. Our bulb & garden planter can make quick work of those holes, or use one of our terrific ROTO Augers and your power drill.

Caring for Transplanted Perennials

Now, you've got to show those transplanted perennials some love. Water them regularly, especially in the first few weeks, and add a layer of mulch to keep them cozy during the chilly fall nights. A little fertilizer won't hurt either, but don't overdo it – you don't want to spoil them!

Common Mistakes to Avoid

We all make mistakes, but in the gardening world, some are avoidable. Be sure not to divide your perennials too late in the fall. Give them a chance to settle in before the winter chill arrives. Also, don't go too gung-ho on the fertilizers – moderation is key. And always remember to handle your plants with care during the division process.

When Not to Divide in Fall

Of course, there are times when you should hold off on the fall division party. If your perennial blooms in the spring, it's best to divide it after it flowers. And if your garden's soil is still scorching from the summer sun, it's better to wait until things cool down.


There you have it, folks! Dividing and transplanting perennials in the fall is like giving your garden a breath of fresh air. It's a chance to rejuvenate and prepare for the coming seasons. So, roll up your sleeves, grab those gardening gloves, and let's make your garden the talk of the town this fall!

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