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Do you have Hosta plant that you want to divide and spread around your yard? Dividing a Hosta takes some muscle but is relatively easy to do correctly with minimal damage to the root of the plant.
The first step it to determine when to divide your Hosta. For a spring division, either catch it very early in the springtime before any green shoots start to emerge or a few weeks after growth starts and the new leavers have had a chance to “harden off.” This refers to the leaves’ ability to withstand temperatures or any trauma that would kill off tender, young shoots. It’s suggested, though, to divide Hostas in the fall, around August, as this is the time for most active root growth in a Hosta. If you divide the Hosta too late in the spring or into the summer time, you can expect your plants to look wilted and “shocked” for a good portion of the season. They are very hearty plants, however, and probably will not actually die from being divided as long as you take care to minimize the damage.
Once you have decided its time to uproot your Hosta, get a spade and gardening fork. Start with the spade digging around the outside of the clump about 4-6 inches away from the edge of the plant so that you won’t damage the roots. Work your lump up out of the ground trying to minimize the overall damage to the Hosta using the fork and the spade. However, depending on the time of year, your soil, and the age of your Hosta this can prove to be a lot of work. The next step in dividing Hostas is to soak the lump for a bit to help remove the soil and loosen up the roots. Do not use anything warmer than room temperature water as this would result in shocking the plant.
Depending on the size of your Hosta you can probably get about 5-10 new Hosta clumps from your 3-8 year old Hosta. Each small growth on top is referred to as an “eye.” It’s a suggestion, not a hard and fast rule, to divide the clumps down to pieces with 3-5 eyes on it. Star by pulling at the Hosta clump naturally to break it on natural weaknesses in the plant. Once you have broken off what you can by your hand, use a large, sharp knife to cut up the large remaining pieces. Cut from the bottom and continue to use your hands to pull them apart. It’s important that you do not actually cut any of the eyes with the knife, only cut at the root ball underneath.
Finally, plant the Hostas so that they eyes barely peak out of the top of the soil, with the roots 1-2 inches deep. Then, water, water, water. This helps to settle the soil naturally around the plant while encouraging root growth. With a little practice and work you to can successfully divide a Hosta and spread your beautiful perennials around your yard.
This should be done every 3-5 years to prevent the crown in the center from dying off due to overcrowding. If you are out of places to plant your divided Hosta plants, you could give them away to your friends. Free plants are always appreciated.
Spring is such a wonderful time of year. The tulips and daffodils are in bloom. The lilac tree is ready to burst in bloom with a fragrance that is simply springtime in Janesville, Wisconsin. But along with the spring blooms comes the reality that you need to get your gardens cleaned up and ready to go. It won’t be long before the Hostas begin poking their green leaves through the remnants of last year’s leaves and dead plant material. Early spring is the perfect time to get in and get last year’s leaves out of your gardens. If you wait too long you will be trying to sneak between the plants so that you don’t hurt the new growth.
Spring garden clean up also can be the time to get your vegetable garden ready. If you are going to plant cool weather crops such as cabbage, peas or Cole crops such as broccoli or cauliflower, then you will need to get your soil prepared as early as you can. There is still a possibility of a freeze, but these crops usually aren’t affected.
Janesville is right on the border of the 5a and 5b zones on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map. This makes a big difference in how early you can get your plants in your gardens. Starting out with plants that can tolerate the cold nights is a good start for those of us who can’t wait to get into the garden.
Cleaning up your garden isn’t always the fun part. You may want to call a professional landscaper to clean it up right and get your bushes trimmed and your brush cleaned out. Let a landscaper do the hard part and you can do the planting and enjoying part!
Spring garden cleanup in Janesville is also the time to test your soil and determine what kind of fertilizer you will need for what you want to grow. It’s a great time to add a little more organic matter to your soil so that your soil can get the best benefit out of the spring rains.
Springtime is also the best time of year to consider your watering source for your gardens. Spring is a great time to set up a rain barrel to collect water for your gardens. While you are thinking about your spring garden clean up, also think about using this valuable spring resource to get you at least part way through the summer. Your garden will love you for it!