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How do I divide creeping phlox

Posted by sydseeds 5A /ON (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 16, 05 at 11:23

The creeping phlox clumps are very large, but the main woody stems are coming off what appears to be a single main root system, is dividing even possible? I think if I divided it like I do hostas, I'm liable to killing the whole darn thing. Can anyone give me tips on how to divide up large clumps of creeping phlox?

Does it take to layering better?
Thanks for any help!

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RE: How do I divide creeping phlox

Hi Syd
I have divided it like hosta and it does fine - I usually give it a major haircut first - and it repairs very quickly. It also layers well if you want lots & lots. It is a lot hardier than its delicate appearance would lead you to believe.

RE: How do I divide creeping phlox

Thanks my friend! I want lots and lots but I'm still not brave enough to put a knife to that main solitary root system.

I'm leaning towards layering it for a month, then severing off the layers from the main plant once rooting takes place.

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