Re: hostas care, deviding and insect control

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Posted by Connie on August 24, 2002 at 18:54:54:

In Reply to: Re: hostas care, deviding and insect control posted by Gerrie Shields on July 13, 2002 at 07:39:31:

Hi Phyllis. Hosta's are probably the most durable of all the plants I have in my zone 5 michigan garden. They are most forgiving of most anything. You can move them individually intact, or divide them and relocate the pieces just about anytime. The preferred time is just as they are breaking dormancy so you can see the full size of the clump before digging into it. But if you choose to break into it now you will risk breaking some if not alot of the leaves, which will leave you with an unsightly clump,but, you won't hurt the plant - no matter when you decide to do it. Looking down into the plant you can follow leaves to their base. You will easily see centers and peripheral leaves to those centers. You can split as narrow(breaking out one 'eye' alone) or wide(taking a plant and dividing it into quarters) as you'd like or need to. If your clumps are real tight, I'd just stick a shovel into it taking as much as you want to form the 'new' plant. You may have some of the leaves around the edge of the cut die off but the rest of what you've excised should be just fine. They'll be dying back for the season in October here. I have half a dozen plants I'll be splitting up myself to widen a hosta border I'm growing. I'll be doing that in September. Just be sure to water the transplants as needed before winter sets in. Next spring you'll have a whole bunch more. Happy gardening. Connie

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