This part is important. Take your time and inspect the plant to see how many divisions you can get. I use a disposal utility knife because it is sharp and long. Place the knife between the individual plants and slowly cut downward. Gently pull the plant apart taking your time to undo the roots from each other.
Dividing the Paul Revere hosta.
This plant was planted in ground up coconut shells and it easily washes off the roots. The root mass was mostly the thick roots and very few fine roots.
Next is the Maui Buttercups plant. This plant was planted in potting soil and it was impossible to get all the soil off the roots because of the size of the root ball. It is only necessary to rinse enough potting medium off to give you a good look at the plant so you can plan your cutting.
Always water thoroughly every day for the next week or so. I also add a small amount of water soluble fertilizer to help it along. It is essential that you do not let the plant dry out during this first year.
I always try and do my cutting on a cloudy day or at least in the shade where it is cooler and later in the day so that it is past the heat of the day. It rained about two hours after I planted the newly divided hostas so that was a blessing. They say that Native Americans planted during a full moon. The full moon shone enough light for planting and the plants or seeds didn't dry out from the sun. We always try and plant our trees just before the sun sets so that they are not stressed out by the heat and can absorb water and stabilize before the sun rises the next day.
Dividing plants is a cost effective method for having a hosta bed filled with uncommon hostas at a reasonable price. The plants may be small but they multiple fast and by the second year you will have completely forgotten how small they were the year before. By year three the hostas will just begin to touch one another and by year 5 the bed will be mature and looking fabulous.
2 X $17.99=$35.98 for 2 plants
$35.98/6 plants=$6.00 a plant