Larry S
Larry S
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  • Canton, GA
Asked on Mar 25, 2012

Is it to late to divide hostas for this season?

Sarah A. VictoryStacey nagleMelissa G
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  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Larry, early fall is the optimal time, but hostas are pretty forgiving. I would not divide into as small clumps in the spring as I might in the fall, because the plants are going to have significantly less of a room system to support their foliage. Good luck!

  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Good advice from Doug. I try to divide mine when the leaves are just beginning to unfurl...about two weeks ago in my neighborhood.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Mar 25, 2012

    I've divided hosta in the middle of summer. They are incredibly tough plants. Just keep them watered. Thanks for the reminder. Must do mine.

  • Melissa G
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Silly question here, but how do you divide plants? I have established hostas in our garden, as well as established liriope. Is it just a matter of digging them up, gently tearing the rootball in two, then replanting?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Not a silly question, Melissa. Division varies by plant, but for hostas and liriope, just as you said. You don't even have to be that gentle. I've divided hostas with a bow saw!

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Mar 25, 2012

    @Melissa - I've broken a hosta rootball into tiny bits and planted them - you don't even need the shoots - they will grow. I'm not sure about liriope.

  • Melissa G
    on Mar 27, 2012

    Good to know! Great way to save money on plants, too.

  • Stacey nagle
    on Jun 17, 2015

    I use an ax

  • Sarah A. Victory
    on Sep 3, 2015

    My Hosta in southern middle Tennessee are just on their 2nd year but I am sure in Ga. that you could divide them now. I have used a long serrated knife to divide mine as well as a quick stab w/a transplant shovel.Good luck!

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