Hostas are one of the easiest perennials to grow in your garden. They are pretty low maintenance but should be divided every few years. I will show you how to divide hosta in the Spring the easy way.
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An Easy Way to Divide Hosta
My perennials have finally started to get growing; we’ve had an unseasonably cold spring here in New England and everything seems to be coming back to life so slowly. It’s finally warm enough for me to get out and work in the garden…yes, I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a wimp and hate working outside when it’s cold!! One of the first items on my garden to-do list this year is to divide some of my hostas. Let me show you how to divide Hostas.
Hosta is an amazingly resilient plant…which means it’s pretty hard to kill.
Why is it a good idea to divide plants after a few years? Well, first it allows for healthy root development. When a plant starts getting too big the roots can become tangled and unhealthy. My favorite reason though is that you get more plants for free!
I planted this garden a few years ago so my Hosta looks like it’s ready to be divided. Here are the simple steps:
1. Dig Up The Clump
The best time to divide hostas is in early Spring when the plant breaks ground but hasn’t leafed out yet.
The easiest way to divide a hosta is by using a pitchfork or garden shovel.
Stick it in the ground a few inches away from where you see the new growth of the Hosta
You will be able to feel around with your pitchfork for the edge of the root ball. Once I find an edge I work my pitchfork around the entire plant loosening the ball as I go.
Lift Out The Rootball
You want to get your pitchfork underneath the root ball and in a seesaw motion lift it out; sometimes you will just need to use your hands to free it and lift it out.
For a little clump of Hosta, you can see what a massive root system it has already developed.
Divide The Hosta
I use a sharp chef knife to cut the clump into sections; there are many garden knives on the market too.. Remember, Hosta is a very hardy plant so it will be fine. I cut this clump into 2 sections.
Replant The Hosta
Now, you want to get your plants back into your garden. Dig a hole wider and deeper than the clump you are going to plant. Pop your Hosta in the hole and backfill it with the soil. I step around the plant to compact the soil down a bit. Make sure to give your plants a generous drink of water and that’s it!
See, wasn’t that easy!
Do you have daylilies?? Check out How to Divide Daylilies.
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I have two huge hostas I’ve had for about 20 plus years. Made the mistake of planting them in direct sum? I have never divided them because I’m afraid i will kill it lol. It’s huge!
Jennifer Howard says
It’s so hard to kill hosta!! Do they die back in the Fall in Alabama? If they do, that’s a great time to divide them. If it’s huge the root ball is probably huge too so you might need some help trying to pry it out…and you can cut it into more pieces than mine.
Pat Micka says
I love you site, tips, and easy to follow instructions. Thank You!
Jennifer Howard says
Thank you so much, Pat!! Have a great weekend! I’m heading out to the garden right now!!