Learn what a crown of a herbaceous perennial is and why it’s important for this fall on this quick garden minute podcast.




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Hosta leaves turning yellow and starting to die back in the fall for the winter season.

Today’s Topic: 

What is a Crown of a Herbaceous Perennial and Why It’s Important?

In this podcast, you’ll learn what is meant by the crown of a herbaceous perennial and why you should know for transplanting your plants this fall.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What is meant by the crown of a herbaceous perennial?
  • Why knowing this helps with fall dividing and transplanting?
  • Resources and links for more information.

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What is the Crown of a Herbaceous Perennial?

Besides weeding, mulching, and all the other things we need to get done this fall season in our gardens, we also need to divide and transplant plants to new homes around our garden to fill in areas and expand our enjoyment of gardening. Examples of plants that can be divided are herbaceous perennials like Shasta daisies, hosta’s, campanula, and peony’s, to name a few.


Why is This Important to Know?

You need to know how these plant grow so you can then successfully divide them to then place in other areas of your garden.

To divide these plants, we first need to know that each of these plants grow from a crown or the specific location where the roots and shoots of a plant are connected.

These plants can be divided either when they start out growing their space or when they reach a certain age or size:

  • Shasta daisies – after three years old
  • Hostas – after three or four years, or when the center of of the plant starts dying out
  • Campanula – after 2 to three years or more
  • Peonies – after 10 years or when flowers start to get smaller
  • Hellebore – don’t like to be transplanted, but can be divided after 2-3 years or when they start outgrowing their growing space
  • Primrose – -after 2-3 years, especially if they are outgrowing their growing space

When dividing your plants, be sure to have both roots and shoots on that cutaway crown piece, where you now have a new plant to place in a new location of your garden.


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Learn what a crown of a herbaceous perennial is and why it’s important for this fall on this quick garden minute podcast.