Can you be brutal with a hosta?
Okay, well with apologies to Hostafan, I have never been a fan of hostas. My mother in law liked them, therefore they remind me of her, therefore I don't like them. Oftentimes in my experience they are covered in holes from snails and slugs, so never really achieve their potential. However, last year I was given 10 roots, and I had nowhere to put them, but thought 'waste not, want not' and stuck them in a few left over pots, where they grew a bit, fed the snails, and died back last winter.
This year, I decided I wanted those pots back for my chillies, and it occurred to me that the hostas could go in my new 'Firebreak border', so I have just tipped out a pot that had four in, to divide them, and it was a mass of roots. I tried to pull the four apart, to no avail, and eventually ended up cutting them away from each other with scissors. I have planted them up, but am wondering whether or not people think they will survive the abuse.