When And How To Divide Hostas For Transplanting

Dividing Your Hosta Plants Will Help Keep Them Happy And Healthy

Dividing and transplanting Hostas is a fairly simple task, performed with nothing more than a spade and some elbow grease.

Dividing your Hostas will help eliminate overcrowding, which over time can result in dieback, and less robust foliage. Dividing and transplanting Hostas also provides new plants to fill out your beds, without another rare visit to the garden center.

The following tips on when and how to divide your Hostas for transplanting will help you keep your plants healthy and looking their best.

Is It Time To Transplant Your Hostas

How Do You Tell
How will you know it’s time to transplant your Hostas? There are usually three conditions that indicate that it is time to divide a Hosta plant.

  1. The Hosta simply outgrows its current location.
  2. You need more Hosta plants to fill out your bed.
  3. You start to notice that the Hosta plant is starting to die out in the center and the foliage is not as robust as normal.

Rember one rule of thumb, you can plan on having to divide and transplant your Hostas every 2 to 3 years
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How To Divide Hostas For Transplanting

6 Easy Tips

Dividing and transplanting Hostas is not rocket science. The best way to learn how to divide Hostas is to get in there and do it. The Hosta is a hardy robust plant you really can’t do an awful lot to damage them permanently. If you’re really worried, below you will find 6 simple tips to help get you begun.

  1. Cut around the entire Liliaceae lump sum you want to share with a shovel.
  2. If the obstruction is of manageable size, use your shovel or a hoe as a lever to get off the ground Wash thoroughly clog, so you can see the crown and to separate the roots.
  3. You can easily break apart the crowns with the help of hand, or a knife could be used to cut the crowns. You can keep little when you will try cutting 1 or 2 inches deep. Try pulling the clump apart too. Make can cut deeper as like.
  4. For larger plants too hard to get off the ground, I divide them right where they are. For this excavation around the obstruction, then to the point of a cut blade of the knot in half or third. Use your shovel to lift each division. (This is not the recommended method, and anyone can shout, but I have done this many times without detrimental effect.)
  5. Move your groups right away to your new location and re-seed the depth to which you grow before.
  6. Water Hostas into their new place of duty and continue to water for the next month or so frequently. A little controlled release fertilizer will help to promote rapid root growth. I use 13-13-13.

The Tools Required To Transplant Hostas

Elbow Grease

Transplanting Hostas takes a bit of elbow grease. I use this “Elbow Grease” when I’m finished to counteract the effects of the other.

When Is The Best Time To Divide Your Hostas For Transplanting

Hostas can be divided for transplanting in the spring or the late summer. Dividing Hostas in the springtime is easiest for the gardener, transplanting them at the end of the summer is easiest on the plants.

Dividing and Transplanting Hostas in the Spring:

  • Only separate fast growing Hosta varieties in the spring. Slower growing varieties like sieboldin anus or the docudramas should be allocated in the summer.
  • Do not over divide the clumps
  • Keep new Hosta sets watered well and regularly. Liliaceous begin to grow new roots until they put their spring in the spring. The root system of endangered new split plants may not be able to draw water and nutrients enough to support this new growth.

If you keep your plants watered, but add that the leaves of your newly transplanted lily are yellow, or – or brown – do not panic. The damage is not permanent, but growth is likely to slow this season.

Dividing and Transplanting Hostas in the Summer:

  • Allow at least 1 month between transplanting and the first frost
  • As always keep newly divided plants well watered.
  • Cutting back some of the larger leaves on divisions will help to reduce stress caused by water loss.

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