How To Divide A Hosta


Hostas are gorgeous, hardy perennials but they can get enormous, fortunately they can handle being divided without damage if done at the right time of year. A Hosta is a hardy and most forgiving perennial plant with little to no maintenance needed. Grown mainly for their wonderful foliage this remarkable plant fills in those shady spots in your landscape with amazing ease. Perfect around trees, borders, walkways and in gardens, this aesthetic beauty is marvellous when planted in masses using one variety or several varieties at a time. This video shows you how to divide them.


Mostly known as a shade perennial there are some Hosta cultivars that do well with some sun – as a rule of thumb, look for Hostas with golden leaves.

Simple Steps For Dividing Hostas

  1. Divide plant if it has more than one grouping (also called eyes) of foliage.
  2. Break up earth around the plant with a shovel to a distance of 8-10 inches.
  3. Dig under the plant with your spade or garden fork and lift the plant out.
  4. Cut through crown using a sharp knife or spade leaving 3 or more shoots per division.
  5. Replace one of the divisions back into first site.
  6. Add compost to the brand new planting area by adding some compost.
  7. Make the hole slightly larger than the division.
  8. Place the division in the new hole, being careful not to damage the roots.
  9. Plant the divisions at the same depth as they were growing.
  10. Return soil and firm up around the divisions.
  11. Water well and mulch to conserve moisture.

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