Any tips on dividing creeping phlox?

whitegarden(Z5 MA)June 16, 2011

My patches are huge but in some places hanging or trailing. They don't have much root and when I have tried to take small patches and relocate them I've had about a 60/40 success rate. Anyone have a better approach?

wg

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WendyB(5A/MA)

I've noticed the same situation. maybe timing will help. Do it just before a forecasted cool rainy stretch in the spring or fall. Or buy new ones on sale - LOL.

When I prune after blooming I usually prune off a lot of that excess that really isn't rooted. I think it makes for an overall better plant in the long run.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 10:36AM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

Thanks for replying. I'll try to wait until late fall and maybe build up a layer of soil to encourage some root growth.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 3:21PM
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WendyB(5A/MA)

late fall may not be ideal. September is my favorite month for transplanting just about anything. Still plenty of time for roots to take hold.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 8:17AM
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