The Q&A Archives: Moving Hostas in Winter

Question: I have some Hostas from some friends. I had planned to move by now so they have been potted this summer. The move will take place this winter within 30 miles. Any suggestions how to care for the plants?

Answer: The foliage will die down when the weather gets cold so you won't need to provide too much care for the hostas during the winter months. I'd sink the pots into the soil to keep the roots from freezing solid and then plant them in your new garden in the early spring, just as you begin to see new leaves emerging from the crowns of the plants. If you sink the pots into the ground this fall, you can unearth them when you move, and sink them back into the soil in your new place. Or, if the soil if frozen solid in the garden, you may be able to find an unfrozen spot near the foundation of the house. If not, simply wrap insulating material around the pots and group them together to keep them from freezing solid. Best wishes with your hostas!

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