In Texas, November is the time to divide Irises, Day Lilies, and Canna Lilies. The above picture of my Irises is from last spring.

For optimum flowering, these need to be divided every three years and it doesn’t hurt to divide them often. If you don’t have space in which to re-plant them in your own garden, why not repot some as Christmas gifts, or present the bulbs in attractive mesh bags with instructions for planting?

How do I divide and replant my bulbs?

1. Dig 2-4 inches of organic material (compost, leaves, peat moss) thoroughly into the planting area that receives atleast 6 hours of sun. Provide good drainage.

2. Divide and replant Day Lilies from October through December at the depth of four inches, twelve to eighteen inches apart. They will bloom from May to June profusely, and sporadically throughout the summer.

3. Divide and replant Irises from October to February at the depth of one inch, 12 to 18 inches apart. They will bloom from April to May.

4. Divide and replant Canna Lilies from September to November at the depth of 2 to 3 inches, 12-18 inches apart. They will bloom from April to May abundantly and will repeat bloom till early fall if continuously dead headed at the first joint down the stalk.

5. Remove and/or cut back foliage of all bulbs only when spent and turning from green to yellow. The green part continues to store energy for the next flowering season.

Are you ready to grow the easiest bulbs ever this year?

See! the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. . . Arise, come my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.

Song of Songs 2: 11-12

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