Splitting Hostas

On Tuesday Stephen came to my garage to help me wade through my usual Spring splitting of accents plants. I’m trying to build a nice collection and always like to have spares to sell and swap. A few weeks back I posted about hostas and a blog follower requested that I cover how I split them. This is it 🙂

Stephen hard at work.

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A tray full of Soldanella ready for a tidy up.

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Some of the recently potted accents.

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This one clump of hosta yielded seven plants.

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This one was next, ‘Rock Island Line’, originally purchased at Bali Hai Nursery here in Northern Ireland. I have a marking system, white name label, pink label if it’s my stock plant and blue if I reckon it’s ready to split.

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Shake off the top dressing of grit. and pop it out of the pot.

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A shake out can get rid of most of the lose potting mix.

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Then carefully start to tease apart the root mass, in some cases a sharp knife can be used to split down between two shoots.

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Split in half, but not finished yet.

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Split further…

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and again…

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and the five plants separated..

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potted up in fresh mix

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and top dressed with a layer of grit to keep the weeds at bay.

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This one is back as stock plant.

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This one was selected as worthy of being potted up as an accent. The three shoots will allow for it to bulk out quickly.

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A little root pruning can be done, just as in bonsai. This can help reduce the leaf size of the plant compared to being grown in open ground.

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A little mix in the bottom of the pot.

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Placed in pot and filled around the edges with mix.

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And the finished result, label added so I can keep track of what varieties I have potted up. Like the pot, this one by Will Baddelely, obtained as part of a swap with Chris Royal. Cheers Chris 😉

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This is a great time to split, however I have had great success splitting in July as well with absolutely no issues with the plants being in leaf.

Anyone interesting in swapping, or even buying a few, drop me an email via the Contact Me tab at the top.

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