I love Spring!...the promise of warmer weather and sunny Summer days seem closer than ever. Mind you it has been raining and cold the last couple of days but the plants have been loving every minute it . My day lilies are growing quite quickly and have spread alot so I need to transplant the new growth. The hostas have gotten quite large and have to be divided this year. Hostas, lilies and irises have very similar roots so the technique in dividing them is the same.
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One of my overgrown hostas and day lilies
Better Homes and Gardens has amazing tips and information, like the article below on how to divide hostas. This technique can be used on lilies and irises.
When to Divide Hostas
The best time of year to divide hostas is in late summer (August or early September). But, don't worry if you forget: You can divide hostas anytime from spring to fall.
Here's a hint: If you divide your hostas in summer, be sure to keep them well watered for a few weeks to help them get through the shock of being transplanted. And make sure you allow at least three or four weeks for the hostas to become established before the soil freezes solid if you divide them in fall.
You'll know your hostas have to be divided when they get too crowded and the center of a clump starts to die out. As a general rule, count on dividing the plants every three to four years to keep them at their healthiest. Some slower-growing varieties may need longer before they're ready for division. And you may be able to divide faster-growing varieties every two or three years.
How to Divide Hostas
|Future gardeners in the making|
There is so much to learn about gardening and I am very happy to have come across this handy dandy website that breaks it all down into soils, plants, care and much much more.
It is still raining so I shall spend the day doing a little Monday and Tuesday blog hopping