Best Time to Transplant Hostas

By Holly Schoch , last updated March 29, 2011

Hostas plants are one of the most popular among gardeners because they take well to transplanting and, with over 2500 different varieties, it is easy to find one that matches the needs of any garden.They are also great plants to divide and share with friends and family, or to simply turn into an indoor plant. With the right tools and procedure, transplanting Hostas is an easy task. You will need to have a sharp, clean shovel, rich organic compost to mix with the old soil, a time released fertilizer, and gloves.

When it comes to the best time to transplant, it really comes down to what is easier for the gardner. Hostas, if done properly, can normally survive transplant done at any time of the year. When transplanting Hosta, they require a decent amount of water to reduce the likelihood of trauma. Therefore, the spring offers an advantage because these months are normally rather soggy anyway and reduces the amount of work you have to do in preparing your Hostas for transplant. Also, because there aren't any leaves yet, you don't run the risk of damaging foliage and it is easier to identify where and what you are digging.

Fall is also a decent time to transplant, though there won't be the added benefit of Mother Nature keeping the soil moist for you. If transplanting your Hostas in the fall, water once or twice a week for two weeks prior to moving. This will ensure that the soil is moist enough to reduce the risk of harming the plant. Out of all the seasons, high summer is the one season you should avoid transplanting Hostas plants. In the summer months, the soil is more dry and the roots become more susceptible to damage from the lack of water the plant receives.

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