Dividing creeping phlox

can someone please tell me how to divide creeping pholx? Do I have to go back to the mother plant and make sure I get some of that or can I just cut out the portion I need to remove set it on soil, water it and wait to see if it takes?
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  • It is best to divide them in the spring. And just as you would divide other plants will work. To encourage growth after the phlox bloom in the spring give them a trim. You could divide now but you may not get blooms. I have cut out the portion I wanted from plants and had great success and I usually work with the weather and the rain. There is something about transplanting and planting when it rains ~plants do better with rain. Watering is the key so if you feel you can baby them now I see no problem in doing it now. good luck and happy gardening.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 06, 2013
    You do not need to go back to the mother plant, you just need to make sure that the section you are cutting out has a good root system. The key is to not let them dry out until they get re-established, so C Renee's idea about timing this around a rain is a good one. I would not have any qualms about doing this now, however. September is often a great time for transplanting, as plants are naturally directing their energy toward their root systems and there is plenty of time for the roots to get established before the ground freezes. In the spring you would certainly want to wait until after the phlox blooms, and by then temperatures can heat up quickly.
  • Cathy Conran-Warmels Cathy Conran-Warmels on Sep 06, 2013
    thank you guys so much for the info. i've never divided them before and after two years, they are out of control. almost blinding when they bloom! Now I feel more comfortable dividing them.
  • Coco Tree Service Corp Coco Tree Service Corp on Sep 09, 2013
    You probably can't find the "mother plant. If you have some growing, you'll find that it roots itself anywhere that it touches soil; You can chop out a chunk of plant and roots, to be placed elsewhere. Fill the hole with fresh soil and the phlox will fill in. Any part you divide off that has roots can be placed in a new comfortable spot and it should do well. You can experiment with how large a chunk to use to get a new patch going. You can also chop off some of the unrooted growth that has crept over stone or a wall.