When to divide a perennial Daisy:
The best time is between late autumn and early spring. This is when the plant is not in a growing stage. Try to avoid times when it is too wet, too dry or very cold.
How to divide a perennial Daisy:
Lift the daisy with a fork and then carefully divide the root ball either with your hand or with the fork into smaller parts. Try not to damage the roots too much. If the centre of the plant is quite woody than use a spade. Shake off the soil. Choose the healthiest looking pieces. These are often the pieces from the outer ring of the plant. The centre of the plant is the oldest bit and shouldn’t be used. Cut off any old and untidy looking bits and then replant! Don’t forget to water your new plants thoroughly.
Problems with the division of a perennial Daisy
- The cuttings have been taken during bad weather conditions i.e. during frost or when it was too wet. It is better to take the cuttings in early spring as opposed to the winter.
- The cuttings haven’t been firmed in well enough. Make sure that the cuttings are firmed in well.
Daisies that can be divided: