Dividing Hostas

Dividing Hostas is one of those chores that come with growing these fine plants.

Hostas are beautiful and lend a distinctive look in many landscapes.

If you have had one for a few years then you already know that they will spread a little more every year.  There comes a time you realize that you have to start dividing them up or run the risk of a coup.

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This Hosta has gotten out of hand and I decided to take some pictures of the process of dividing Hostas.

For those who have never done it, this will  help take some of the mystery out of it.

Ideally, I would have done this last month just as the new shoots were coming up.

Now is when things started to get really interesting! This was a huge mass and it needed some radical division.

Now I know it might seem insensitive to some..

But I had to use a hatchet and three to four swings to cut all the way through.  

This was NOT like breaking up day lilies by any stretch of the imagination.

Greg Traver

Once I got the mass split in half I put one back in the hole and went to work cutting up the other half.

I was beginning to wonder at this point, Perhaps I had bit off more than I could chew?

After an iced tea break and a few phone calls, I began to feel as if I was finally getting something accomplished.

I got a total of ten good sized clumps out of just this one half.

I decided to nestle them in one of my raised beds until I decide for sure just where I am going to put these.

Besides,  the last thing I felt up for was up for was digging ten holes! That's what tomorrow is for, right?

It comes in very handy to have an extra raised bed for transplants.  Raised beds can also be used for rooting cuttings,  finishing off bokashi, worms and more.

Each of these sections would easily fill out a three gallon container and as you can see they came through "surgery" just fine. 

Hostas can take a lot of abuse. I have seen them run over by tractors and weed wacked by kids but they always come back.

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