There are two types of gardeners in the world: clumpers and splitters. I admit it-I am a clumper. I cringe at the idea of cutting my babies up into pieces. I would rather leave them alone so they can get big. Wait, not big-huge. I want huge Hostas. Digging them up and dividing them can set them back and, to be honest, I do not like doing that because it takes some varieties forever to reach a good size. A solution I came up with is minimally invasive, and it does not set my Hosta back like digging up the entire clump does. This is perfect if you want to share a small piece or if you need a few eyes for a project. You can take off more than I have shown, I just prefer to keep it to a minimum. Just a note: I do this in Spring before the Hostas leaf out so I can see what I am doing, but you can do it at any time of year.

 

 

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Here is what you need:
1. A nice clump of Hosta.
2. Shovel that is cleaned and sanitized. I recommend this due to Hosta Virus X a disease that affects and spreads among Hosta. (I recommend you read about HVX at this link: http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/articles/hosta_virus_x.php)
3. Something to plant your eyes in.
Here are the steps:
1. Find a clump of Hosta you want to propagate, I chose this one:

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

2. Find an eye or set of eyes toward the outer edge and use your finger to clear a spot between the eyes like this:

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

3. Take your shovel and place it in the spot you marked:

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

4. Push down on the shovel and cut through the Hosta to release the eyes:

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

5. Move the shovel around the eyes you are removing to cut through and loosen them. Make sure to be far enough out to get some roots:
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propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

6. When you have cut around it gently lift it with the shovel:

 

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7. Or your Hand if it’s easier:-)

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

8. Replace dirt that came out and pack it gently:

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

9. Pot the eyes up for when you need them-keep them well watered until you find them a new home.

 

propagate hostas without breaking your back, gardening, landscape

 

That is all there is to it-you could even use a hand trowel if you wanted too. Visit my blog or my website http://www.sproutsandstuff.com/ for more tips and Happy Planting!.

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