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dividing hostas

I have a hosta in a pot that is breaking slowly from the top due to frost damage. The hosts is well established and I was thinking of dividing as the pot will expire soon ? Will it survive if I divide and repot now instead if spring ? 


  • BlubellBlubell Posts: 72

    Thks - Good idea but pot already large and I have two to do. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    wait until you can see the new buds ( like purplish bullets) pushing up: then you can  see where to make the cuts.

    Depending upon the size of the plant, you can use an old bread knife and cut it like a wedding cake, ( from the middle out ).

    Different varieties start at different times. Some of mine in a cold tunnel ( waiting to be split ) are budding now, but plenty are still totally dormant.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,006

    I do mine in early spring when the buds show.  Otherwise I find they sulk.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    I agree Verdun, even in mid summer I've split some, not ideal , but very " dooable"

  • BlubellBlubell Posts: 72

    Thank you for your advice. Itching to get on with something but I think I'll wait till spring. Especially now it's snowing ! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836

    Verdun, you're in tropical Cornwall - it probably makes a bit of a difference image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Ive done it....well one pot anyway. I'm going to leave the other one till wArmer climes to see if it makes a difference. Also need to save up for new pot as no room in garden.

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