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Spiltting irises

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HHassist

I've got a clump of irises that keeps getting bigger and bigger. I want to split it and give a clump or two to a friend, and plant a clump or two in another part of the garden (or maybe in the backyard).

Any idea when the best time to split irises is?? I'm thinking autumn, but does that give the new planting enough time to root properly before winter?? Also, do I just cut through the plant down to the roots, or do I have to dig up the complete bulb??

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I can wait till September to transplant the perennials. How late in the season do you think I can transplant?? Usually, we get a pretty good frost around Thanksgiving.

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I've never split irises before, so I want to make sure I do it right :)

Do you know if all perennials can be split and/or moved in the fall?? I may need to rearrange some of the perennials in my flower bed -- I've added some new ones over the summer, and they're not really very well organized!! I had to fit them into the spaces that were available at the time that I bought them.

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