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Platycodon - division?

janebaljanebal Posts: 130
I have a 3 year old blue Astra platycodon. 5 small shoots are coming up in the soil. Could I divide it or would that kill it?

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    You can try to carefully cut that off with a small bit of root with it, but it is quite tricky. The bit cut off will need to be re-potted and nursed to a decent size before planting out.

    Similar to plants like Gaura, they do not do well being split as the roots are long tap roots. 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,875
    They're really easy from seed.
    Mine self seed a bit, but sowing the ripened seed from a pod gave very good results.
    I had only blue ones initially, but seed from them has provided more blue ones, a few with pink flowers and a few white too
    I've not tried to divide them
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  • janebaljanebal Posts: 130
    Thank you for your advice. I think I will leave it as it is and try to collect the seed in the autumn. I couldn't bear it to die after nurturing it so carefully.
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