Hostas

(Question)

Can hostas be transplanted in November?

 

(Answer)

Thanks for your question on transplanting Hostas.  Perennials, like Hostas, can be divided in the spring or fall. Dividing perennials is best done when the weather is cool and the ground moist. The ideal day is overcast so that the roots don’t dry out quickly. Make sure the plant is well watered before you begin.  Fall divisions should be done early, usually during the month of September so that the roots have time to establish before winter.  It may be already late to safely transplant at this time; however, with the warmer weather we have had this year, your Hosta may still have time to establish before the deep cold weather comes.  Otherwise, we would recommend you wait until next spring.

If the soil is dry, we recommend you water the day before you’re going to divide your Hosta.  Dig your spade or fork into the ground all the way around the clump far enough away to not be cutting off much root.

You may wish to refer to our Gardening Guide : Dividing Perennials , which contains useful information on How to Divide as well as Replanting your Divisions.