Actually when any perennial plants begin to look shabby, straggly, open in the center, or it fail to produce is normal amount of blooms, it simple means it is time to divide them. A lot of perennial plants will reach this point at different times, though depending on their root structures and growing habits. The perennial Bergenia plant may actually bloom and grow beautifully for a number of years, then suddenly stop performing. This could be because the plant is choking itself out and may needs to be divided or because something in its environment changed and the plants needs to be moved. Keep reading to learn how to divide bergenia.


How to Divide Bergenia

 The Bergenia plant is a perennial plant for shade to part shade in USDA hardiness zones three through nine. The Bergenia plant thrives in dry shady locations where many other plants simply cannot grow. On the other hand, if their site suddenly becomes less shady, for example, if large shade trees have been removed, the bergenia plants can quickly fry and die out. Unfortunately, sometimes shade trees do need to come down and the plants that relied on their shade, such as bergenia plant, need to be transplanted. The bergenia plants will also suffer if the site suddenly becomes more consistently damp. The bergenia plants cannot tolerate soggy soil or wet feet and will fall victim to many fungal diseases and rots in excessively wet conditions. Transplanting the bergenia plant will be needed for survival. Every 3 to 5 years, the Bergenia plants also need to be divided. You will know when to divide the bergenia plant by the overall appearance, health, and vigor of the plant. If the plant begin to look spindly, are blooming less, or have open spaces in the center you can easily divide them.


How Do You Transplant Bergenia?  

Actually dividing or moving the bergenia plant should be done in spring. Nevertheless, it is sometimes important to move plants during other times of the year. If you absolutely have to transplant and divide the bergenia plant in the summer months, it is really best to do it on a cool, cloudy day to reduce the risk of transplant shock. Using a clean, sharp spade, dig widely around the bergenia plant’s crown to make sure you get all the roots. Once you have lifted the plant root ball out, remove the excess soil. Thick, rhizomatous roots will then be exposed. With a clean sharp knife, you can create the bergenia plant divisions by cutting apart sections of these rhizomes. Make sure each section contains a node or section of the plant crown. Then plant your new bergenia divisions or the bergenia transplant in a shady to part shade locations. Bergenia plants actually makes excellent low growing borders or groundcovers for dry, shade gardens. Though the plants like things a bit on the drier side, you will need to water the new Bergenia transplants well and also regularly as the plant get established.

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