By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Liriope,or lilyturf, is a hardy perennial plant. This extremely popular evergreen isperfect for use as a low maintenance groundcover or for use as a border plantalong sidewalks and pavers. It can also be used as an alternative to grass in lawns. Tolerant to both heat and humidity, lilyturf only requiresminimal maintenance to continue to thrive. So what about liriope plantdivision? Does this plant need to be divided and, if so, how and when?
Beyond planting, liriope requires little care fromhomeowners. Resistant to most diseases, these plants grow larger and may spreadfrom one season to the next. Consistent irrigation and fertilization willfurther assist in the establishment of healthy plantings. Since liriope plantingscan become quite large, it may lead its growers to ask, “Does liriope need tobe divided?”
Opinions abound as to whether or not liriope needs division.Like many perennial ornamental plants, mounding clumps of liriope will continueto grow in each subsequent season. Unlike other plants, however, there has beenlittle evidence to suggest that the growth of liriope inhibits the plants’ability to produce flowers. For this reason, most recommend that liriope plantdivision is the choice of the gardener.
Liriope plants will continue to grow well for many years,despite not being frequently divided.
Although dividing liriope is not a mandatory part of itscare routine, there are reasons why a grower may want to do so. Splitting liriopeis an extremely easy and cost-effective way to increase the amount of plants inthe garden, or to begin the process of establishing new flower beds.
Dividing liriope plants is fairly straightforward. Whensplitting liriope, growers will first need to dig up the plant and remove theroot ball from the garden. Once the plant has been removed, carefully cutthrough the root ball using a sharp serrated knife or shovel for larger clumps.This process can then be repeated until the plant has been divided into thedesired number.
Ideally, the process of dividing liriope should be done inearly spring before new growth has resumed. Due to the hardy nature of thisplant, however, it is possible to successfully divide this plant later in theseason.
After splitting liriope plants, find a location for the newlilyturf transplants. Though liriope will tolerate a wide variety of growingconditions, it will be important to select a planting site that receives amplesunlight and one that is well draining. Water the newly planted liriope weeklyuntil the plants have become established.
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Liriope can be divided every two to three years, with the ideal time of year being in early spring before the plant sends up new shoots. Liriope is such a hardy plant, however, that it can be divided at any time, even in midsummer if precautions are taken.
Additionally, what time of year do you cut back liriope? Liriope is a very sturdy plant. The best time to trim liriope is winter. Now is a good time, and any time up until about mid-March will work. As soon as the plant starts to grow, any trimming will cut the new tips and the plant will be disfigured for the rest of the year.
In respect to this, how do you say Liriope?
I belong to several gardening and floral design groups, and have been running into the word, liriope. I've worked in a plant nursery and have always heard the word pronounced, luh-RYE-oh-pee.
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Liriope is an excellent plant for novice gardeners as it can thrive almost anywhere it is planted. While its ideal planting site is in dappled shade and moderately moist soil, it adapts to grow well from full shade to full sun and in soil that is somewhat dry and nutrient poor. These characteristics make liriope an effective choice for hard-to-fill areas under deciduous trees where they have to compete with roots for moisture and nutrients. The plants are also commonly used to border walkways and planting beds, as well as to stabilize slopes. In climates where liriope is evergreen or semi-evergreen, shear the foliage off near the ground in late winter and the plant will quickly renew itself.
Liriope suffers few pest and disease problems. Remove the mulch if snails and slugs are a problem. Handpick and destroy slugs and snails or set snail traps. Use these with care though because they’re toxic to animals.
Liriope sometimes develops brown spots along the leaf margins caused by anthracnose. The disease is rarely serious. Remove the infected leaves and discard them. Water liriope early in the morning and use drip irrigation instead of soaker hoses, because wet leaves spread the disease.