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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:55 pm 
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Has anybody taken divisions from a mature Fargesia 'Rufa' before? Mine is bigger than I expected and I need to regain some walkway space, and I have an idea that the division might look good in another part of the yard -- but I have some questions:

1) Will that division actually look good, or will I have an ugly plant for a couple of years? (This will be a high-visibility area)

2) How hard is it to actually dig this out? There are a lot of dead culms in there still, even though I tried to clean it out before shooting started.

The plant is about 6-7' tall, and 8-9' wide.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:48 pm 
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Alan, in my limited experience it was easy, the culms along the edge of the division will likely look crappy so dig a bigger piece than you want and trim the edges back as needed. Should be easy to plunge the shovel in.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:52 am 
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I never divided a 'Rufra', but have divided 'Robusta'. In that case it would not divide easily with shovel, I used a sawzall, because the old rhizomes and root mass in the center were quite woody.

I would think it would look good after pruning as Brad suggests, and perhaps a season or so to settle in and reestablish its shape.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:26 pm 
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dependable wrote:
I never divided a 'Rufra', but have divided 'Robusta'.
When would the best time be to transplant Robusta this year? Now, just as the branches have leafed out?

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