Transplanting Hostas - Knowledgebase Question

St.Louis, MO
Question by mdtully
November 29, 1997
I have some Hostas that I want to transplant and was wondering when would be the best time to transplant them? We have had unseasonably warm temperatures and the ground has not frozen yet. Should I divide them now or should I wait?

Answer from NGA
November 29, 1997


In my garden I prefer to divide my hostas in the spring. That way you are assured their roots get a firm, healthy hold before cold weather hits. I simply wait until they appear and have grown to a reasonable height (approximately 50% of their full size). I then dig out the entire clump and start dividing. This is accomplished easily with a sharp knife. This spring, I had a clump of albo-marginata hosta that was approximately 2'x2'. I divided it into 75 separate plants!! My gardener friendswere thrilled!

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