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!
Good advice from Doug. I try to divide mine when the leaves are just beginning to unfurl...about two weeks ago in my neighborhood.
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.
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?
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!
@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.
Good to know! Great way to save money on plants, too.
I use an ax
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!