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Moving a Hosta

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I am looking to move (and split) a Hosta or two but i am unsure of the best time to do it, some advise at spring when the growth has just started but others advise in winter when it is dormant so I am asking here if anyone has experience of moving a Hosta and when they did it.

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  • roddydogs
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    Any time from now till they start growing, or even later! They move easily, and settle quick, unlike a lot of plants. Apart from slugs  and snails they are great.
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    Thanks, that would explain why I was getting different answers.

    I have been relatively lucky as far as slugs go, I am not afraid to use pellets and that seems to keep the numbers down
  • twopenny
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    Coffee grounds, egg shells but the best I found was soot around the base to keep slugs at bay.
    You need to check if any types of plants don't like the soot/coffee because of the excess nitrogen but I've had no ill effects on flowering plants. I get soot from friendly chimney sweeps.

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  • Homeboy_1
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    I have always split my Hostas in the spring and never had a problem. As stated above they are easy to split, and do settle down very quickly. Re the slugs I have found that if you keep the soil and plants healthy you have very little trouble with slugs. An old gardener told me that slugs do not not usually cause to much trouble to healthy Hostas. Try putting some manure down where the Hostas are due to grow. Hope that helps
  • 203846930
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    I always use chicken manure pellets when planting/moving and never had any bother with growth, I shall do the same with the hosta.
    I will probably wait until the worst of the frosts are behind us, it was minus 7C here this morning and even the evergreens in the garden are drooping a bit in this cold snap, still all change tomorrow with rain and temps of plus 8C forecast :)
  • donemedosh
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    I also split my Hosta plants in early spring. I dig them up split them then & replant them straight away followed by a really good watering. Never had a problem. As for slugs I do not seem to have an issue with them but that may be down to the birds in the garden
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