Posted by Newt on October 20, 2002 at 12:06:44:
In Reply to: moving and taking my hosta roots posted by tunie on October 12, 2002 at 22:24:14:
: Hi, I am moving in the new year, unfortunately my hostas will be buried under many feet of snow. I was thinking of removing them from the ground now, as the frost has hit and they are yellowed . Should I rinse the soil off of them and place them in peatmoss inside plastic bags or what would you recommend ? also would I be able to close up the bags and ship them to new location? Thankyou for your time.
You could do this in a couple of ways. You could dig them now, pot them up and sink them back into the ground. Cover the spot where they are planted with a couple of blankets. Also, prepare the spot where they will be planted and cover that with blankets as well. The ground shouldn't freeze with the blankets and the snow cover.
I planted 500 pots in the ground from the end of November to the first week in January last year using this method. Wherever the blankets were, the ground wasn't frozen even though everywhere else it was. I'm in zone 7.
If that's too iffy for you or isn't possible, you could dig them, rinse off all the dirt and mail them to a place where they can be held in the ground for the winter. If you need information on how to mail plants, let me know.
Best of luck with your move,