Hi folks, welcome to Harmony Hills! Do you have clumps of hostas growing too big for their space? Or maybe you somehow got two different kinds of hostas mixed up together somehow in the same clump, like I did? Today I’m going to share how to divide hostas in your garden. It’s one of the easiest ways to expand your garden with no cost!
STEP 1: Use a spade or fork to dig the root ball out of the soil.
STEP 2: Loosen the soil around the root ball.
Step 3: Separate the roots into smaller sections
Step 4: Re-plant a division of hostas into the garden.
Step 5: Transplant small sections into pots.
- The best time to separate hostas is really in the spring, when the leaves are just beginning to emerge. They’re easier to work with, the leaves come out in a beautiful circular clump, and it gives the roots all summer to recover and re-grow into a larger clump before fall.
- The second best time to separate hostas is really in the fall, at the end of the growing season when the weather has started to cool off. This takes the stress off the plant from the heat, and allows the roots to start to recover without worrying about supporting the leaf growth.
- BUT you can divide hostas ANY time of the summer, as long as you take care to keep the new clumps well watered and fertilized. They’re very resilient plants.
- If leaves are damaged during the dividing process, that’s ok. The roots will either send up new shoots, or, if it’s too late in the season, the roots will bide their time until spring, when they’ll recover nicely.
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