Step 2: Separate the stems

hands gently separating the stems of a perennial to divide it
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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After plucking out any thin or weak stems, gently separate the remaining healthy ones into clumps of three to five shoots. That number helps ensure that the plant will recover quickly after being divided. If the center looks dead compared with the outside edges, cut it away with a soil knife and leave the outside edges.
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