MY GARDENS START WITH A DREAM, NOT A PRICE-TAG. Take, for instance, the exuberant hosta-walk in my Woodland Garden. The walk, 50 feet in length, and pleasantly curved, features a lush edging of choice hostas — nearly 70 plants. How much did this project cost me? Very little, in fact. You see, from one purchased hosta, many can be obtained. Here’s how:
If you purchase a large hosta in a half-gallon pot (like the green and gold ‘Wide Brim’ pictured up top), you can divide it into a number of smaller plants. Just let it dry out a little before the operation. Dry soil and dry roots are easier to cope with than wet ones. First, knock the plant from its pot. Then with a sharp knife or pruning saw, cut it into equal-sized rooted segments.
Of course if you already have hostas growing in the ground, you can increase your stock for no cost at all. In spring, simply dig the clumps out, and divide them. You’d be amazed at the number of free plants you’ll acquire this way — plants you can use to frame your own shady garden path or border.
Hostas recover from the division-trauma with remarkable speed. Mine, planted in well-worked soil, and watered daily for two weeks, grew on without missing a beat. Should your hostas wilt after transplanting, just spray their tops with water once or twice each day for two weeks.
Well. By now you are probably itching to start a hosta-dividing project. And I don’t blame you. It’s fun to achieve champagne beauty on a beer budget!
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