Getting more bang for your buck!

Dividing Sedum 'Lemon Coral'

Dividing Sedum 'Lemon Coral'

When shopping for perennials, it’s usually more economical to buy the smallest container available.  However sometimes that isn’t an option.  When it comes to the bigger  pots I look for ones that look like they could be easily split into 2 or even 3 plants.   Thursday when I picked up new things for my fall containers this is the approach I used.  Once you get home pull the plant out of the plastic container and look for a good area to separate.  Sometimes if the plant isn’t root bound and adequately moist you can just pull it apart with your hands.  I find the simplest method is to use an old knife.  This one is a leftover from a long since replaced kitchen set.  It’s still nice and sharp and works great for this procedure.  I just cut it down the center and voila….now I have two plants.  I did this with the sedum in the photos above (which could of been divided into more pieces) and with the Solidago and Asters.  Pretty much any plant can be done this way.  So for the two pots by the shed I used 3  6-8″ potted plants.   This saved me 50%, but if I had divided them even further it could of been a savings of 75%!   Division can be applied to existing plants which equals free plants to share with friends or put elsewhere in the garden.  This is how you get more bang for your buck.


18 responses to this post.

  1. Way to go Racquel!

    Thanks Janet. 🙂


  2. What a great idea! Thank you!

    You are quite welcome DP. 🙂


  3. So it is spending money – yet saving money – while getting more than you paid for. Brilliant!

    Thanks EG, sometimes you have to spend alittle to get alot. 🙂


  4. Good job! I like it!

    Thanks Tatyana! 🙂


  5. With 4′ perennials at 3.99 and a gallon at 8.99 it makes sense to divide a gallon into four parts and the plants would be bigger too. Never thought of that before.

    Yep it really is a great way to save some money and still get decent size plants. 🙂


  6. Great tip! I do this a lot!

    Thanks Dave, I need to do this more. lol 😉


  7. Hi Racquel,
    Love that sedum. A good idea for sure. I rarely buy anything that I don’t split it up right at the start. It really does help save money and it is so fun to make the most out of the larger plants. Have a good labor day!
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

    Isn’t it a cool color, and the name if perfect for it. I need to do that more than I do, lol. Have a nice weekend Meems! 🙂


  8. Great tip, Racquel! I love that sedum more than any other.

    I am passing a meme to you. Please tell us 7 things we don’t know about you, and pass it along to 7 other blogs. I have enjoyed this, and I have come across some really great blogs!

    Hi Janie, thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate the nomination, but I’ve already played along with this meme. 🙂


  9. I’ve always divided my plants, though generally after they’ve grown in the ground a bit, largely because I don’t always get such nice candidates for division in the pot.. I have a TON to divide this fall (eep!).

    I do that too Monica, but luckily if you get to the garden center early before things become potbound this works best. Don’t remind me, I have alot to divide this fall as well. 😉


  10. Smart move indeed! Love the knife trick. It would make it more precise than my big ole shovel I use. That sedum is most pretty.

    Thanks Tina, oh yeah this is way easier than using a shovel. 🙂


  11. That’s a knife from Jason on Halloween 🙂 But seriously, great idea and reminder on the splitting and savings!

    lol, it is pretty scary looking huh? 😉 You are quite welcome.


  12. I forgot to mention that I’m having a giveaway at my blog if you are itnerested (a couple of posts back). Hope to see you around and have a great Labor Day weekend!

    Thanks I’ll be by shortly to check it out. 🙂


  13. Great idea, Racquel! I tend to buy mostly annuals for my containers, but I do use a few perennials that I later plant in the ground. I’ve found another tip for saving money that most gardeners are aware of –when Beckie and I go shopping for perennials, we often divide and share. Saving money this way allows me to buy…more plants!:)

    Thanks Rose. That’s another great tip, I do that sometimes with my grandma. 🙂


  14. Smart idea Racquel! I never think of doing that-but sure would save me some money if I would. I have a hard time buying just one of something if I really like it. Thanks for such good advice!

    I always want more than one of something too Linda, and this way you can spread the wealth around the garden. 🙂 YW!


  15. Good tip, Racquel.

    I tried some of that sedum last year and lost it all over the winter. It may not be hardy here. The garden centers will sell most anything even if it isn’t hardy in the north.

    Thanks Marnie. Hmm I noticed on the tag it’s hardy to -10 degrees F. It isn’t suppose to be one of the toughest of the bunch though. We don’t usually get much below about 30 so here’s hoping it comes back. That is so true, they’ve marked somethings annuals that are perennials here. 😉


  16. Hi Racquel, dividing plants is an obsession with me. Sometimes it is a mistake, but usually a great way to save some dough! Love that sedum BTW!

    Me too Frances, especially early on in my garden’s formation. Thanks, the color is brilliant huh? 🙂


  17. Posted by greenwalks on September 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Never thought to do that with a new plant, though it would shock them too much. I’m going to have to look for that sedum, it’s so frilly and cute!

    It really does well especially if the roots aren’t too extensive in the pot. These had just come off the truck and the rootballs were young and healthy. 🙂


  18. I always check to see if a pot has at least 2 or 3 plants so I can split them’s a great feelin when you know you’re getting a bargain! A pretty sedum here…they transplant well, too!

    lol, I do the same thing. I love a good bargain and early on in my gardening years it’s the only way I could afford to do things. Still haven’t lost that thrifty side though…lol Thanks!


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