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Name: BetNC
Hendersonville, NC (Zone 7a)
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BetNC
Aug 5, 2017 1:20 PM CST
I am moving sometime before the end of the year (WHEN depends on when my new house is finished and passes all the endless permitting inspections!).

I want to take my plants (in my flower beds) with me; I have lenten roses and hostas.

I'm thinking NOW is the best time to put my hostas in pots, awaiting their move; three are quite large and will have to be divided, just so I can move them. When is the best time to divide these monster hostas??

when should I pot up the hellebores? Each is a different variety of Helleborus hybridus (usually with H. ballardae somewhere close in their breeding) and different winter bloom times: October, December, February and March.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 5, 2017 1:33 PM CST
How far away is your move? If you can time it for a plant-moving day, I'd try for that - dig them up, drive, plop them in. You could even dig your new holes ahead of time if you know where things will go. I'd wait until all the workers are totally done, though, to avoid any unintentional damage. How fun! I'm a bit warmer than you (Zone 8) and fall is typically the best time for me to relocate plants. They then have the winter to settle in. I don't get a snow cover, but do get freezing temps.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Aug 5, 2017 1:36 PM CST
The best time to transplant and divide hostas is spring or fall, however you can do them about anytime of the year so long as they get enough water.
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