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Rudbeckia - Moving and dividing

paul.fieldwilliamspaul.fieldwilliams Posts: 48
edited March 2020 in Problem solving
Hi all. I have this lovely perennial rudbeckia that is tucked away at the back of the border and feeling a bit cramped. (and covered in leaves!!!!) I want to move it but thought I might divide it also. Is now ok to move and can you split redbeckia? If so, is it a two fork back to back job or a swift hack with a spade? Cheers and hope you are all virus free :)

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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,621
    We have just moved and divided ours.  I would use fork to fork, we tend to save the spade for tougher things like Phormium's.  You can probably get several clumps from that one.
  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    Rudbeckia are a tough old plant - particularly Rudbeckia Goldstrum- and will divide quite easily with a shard boarder spade. Depending on the size of the root ball you will get quite a few divisions to replant 
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    We have just moved and divided ours.  I would use fork to fork, we tend to save the spade for tougher things like Phormium's.  You can probably get several clumps from that one.
    How big should each clump be, do you think?
  • Thanks all. Hopefully dig her up this week and see what I can get.
  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    edited March 2020
    Hi Tin Pot

     I normally divide my Rudbeckia every 3 years which is the normal period for most perennial plants so they grow a sufficient root ball for dividing I would normally get about 6 divisions from a Rudbeckia Goldstrum thats 3 years old. Each division would normally be big enough to pot up in to a 1 litre pot. Hope that helps you on the size of the division
  • Thanks all. Hopefully dig her up this week and see what I can get.
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