method for dividing mature cardiocrinum gigantium?

Gene Mirro
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:52:23 PDT
I would dig the whole thing out of the ground ASAP, before it makes much more growth.  If your soil is heavy, put the clump into a bucket or tub and fill with cold water, and tease the offsets apart without damaging the roots any more than is necessary.  The water really helps with this.  Another thing that helps is to shoot a strong stream of water at the soil with your garden hose.  That will clean the heavy soil off pretty well.  Don’t expose the roots to direct sun or high temperatures.  As soon as the clump is divided, protect the roots from drying by covering them with moist soil, and get them planted ASAP.  I don’t know where you are located.  If the weather is warm, rig up some sort of shading for the transplants.  I use plastic milk crates as portable shade generators, and they are also handy for keeping the rabbits away.
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