How to Successfully Divide & Transplant Hostas in Your Yard

How to Successfully Divide & Transplant Hostas in Your Yard

Hostas are an easy way to fill a void in your landscaping. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money at the nursery buying new Hostas if you know someone who already has them in their yard. Hostas are simple to work with, and easy to divide and transplant.

They are hardy and forgiving as well, which makes them easy to divide and transplant. Once they establish themselves, they will bring beauty to their space for many years to come.

For best results, you will want to transplant Hostas in the early Fall or early Spring. They can be transplanted during the summer, too, but they need lots of extra tender loving care if you choose the heat of summer.

Steps to Divide and Transplant Hostas

Dig up the entire root ball

Make sure when you start digging, you dig far enough out so as not to disturb or hurt the root ball. Dig out the entire root system.

Shake or wash the excess soil off the roots

This will give the plants a fresh start when replanting them in their new home. You can also separate them easier this way.

Separate the plants

Now that you have dug up the entire root system and shook off all the excess soil, you are ready to separate your plants. One big hosta is actually several small hostas. The plants will naturally start to separate themselves, but they made need a little extra help. Be careful not to damage the roots if possible.

Keep the plants cool

You can do this by misting the roots often while working with them. Also, make sure you transplant them the same day you dig them up. They’ll establish better the quicker you get them into their new home.

Dig out the new planting area

You’re ready to place your hostas in their new space. You’ll want to dig the area twice as wide and twice as deep as the root system. If you want, add some water to the hole prior to transplant to ensure the soil is moist, and encourage the roots to establish in their new home. Fill in the area around the plant with soil and pack it firmly in around the base to give the new plant some security.

Water well

Over the next several weeks, you will want to water your hosta well. You may even consider adding some slow release fertilizer. We like this kind. Osmocote Plus Outdoor and Indoor Smart-Release Plant Food

If you’re interested in watching a video on how to successfully divide and transplant hostas, we found this one that will be helpful to you.

Hosta Varieties

  • Hosta undulata is a large, elongated hosta with wavy leaves. The leaves are green with a white margin.
  • Hosta sieboldiana is a medium-sized, heart-shaped hosta with dark green leaves. The leaves are covered with white spots.
  • Hosta plantaginea is a small, round hosta with green leaves. The leaves are covered with white spots.
  • Hosta fortunei is a medium-sized, heart-shaped hosta with green leaves. The leaves are covered with yellow spots.
  • Hosta albomarginata is a small, round hosta with green leaves. The leaves are covered with a white margin.

Hostas are a popular choice for gardeners because they are easy to care for and can be a beautiful addition to any garden. They are also relatively resistant to diseases and pests.

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