Hostas are popular shrub plants that are shade tolerant and easy to transplant. They are well known for their pleasing foliage. To transplant these plants you only need to follow a few simple steps.
The first step is to dig a hole large enough to fit the plant. You should also decide whether you want to transplant the plant intact or break it into smaller sections which will each grow into larger plants. Add fertilizer or manure to the hole to enrich the soil.
You should avoid cutting root as much as possible when removing the hosta. Any damage to the roots may cause the plant to die even if the transplant is performed well. If possible err on the side of caution and dig wider and deeper around the plant than you think you need to.
At this point you can divide the plant if you wish. Use a sharp blade that won’t tug or pull on the plant and make sure you avoid cutting the roots. Use you your hands to break up the soil around the roots and water to remove any fine clumps remaining.
You may now plant the plant or plants into their proper places. Check again to make the sure the hole can accommodate the plant. You don’t want the roots to become damaged by squeezing the plant into a hole that is too small. Cover the holes in, but do not pack the dirt too tightly. This will give the roots time to grow and take hold in their new home.
After the transplant you should fertilize the plant. Organic compost is the best bet here as it will give the plant the nutrients it need without damaging it with chemicals. With that done you can resume regular care of your hosta in its new home and enjoy the beautiful foliage of the plant throughout the summer!