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.
A tray full of Soldanella ready for a tidy up.
Some of the recently potted accents.
This one clump of hosta yielded seven plants.
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.
Shake off the top dressing of grit. and pop it out of the pot.
A shake out can get rid of most of the lose potting mix.
Then carefully start to tease apart the root mass, in some cases a sharp knife can be used to split down between two shoots.
Split in half, but not finished yet.
and the five plants separated..
potted up in fresh mix
and top dressed with a layer of grit to keep the weeds at bay.
This one is back as stock plant.
This one was selected as worthy of being potted up as an accent. The three shoots will allow for it to bulk out quickly.
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.
A little mix in the bottom of the pot.
Placed in pot and filled around the edges with mix.
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 😉
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.
Well they will be warmer in their new home with Jose in Tenerife 🙂
Click on image for Jose’s blog post
As promised, this is the haul of plants that I got yesterday at Bali Hai Nursery. Mostly Hosta and Rhodohypoxis, but a few other oddities thrown in as well. You will notice one that is rather large for an accent, that’s going below my display bench, I just couldn’t resist the leaf colour.
Interesting comment that now is actually a good time to split hostas. Stephen and I always did this in Spring as growth emerges although that is seemingly a good time to trim the roots on hostas to keep them small leafed.
When you here the words Bali Hai some of you will automatically think of South Pacific 🙂
However, if you are into your Accent plants you should be thinking of this Bali Hai.
I had the pleasure of visiting the nursery today along with the Bonsai Baker and his good lady wife.
The owner Ian Scroggy, always makes you welcome and we had plenty of time to look around the old Nursery and the new one too. It’s a bit of hosta overload but there is also a stack of other interesting and unusual plants there that can be adapted to accent use. Here are some photos that I snapped there today.
Got a rather nice haul of plants today. Will share these with you tomorrow. Red wine now open and calling 😉
On our way back to County Down, we stopped at Carnlough to visit Bali Hai, a Hosta Specialist Nursery. Just one phone photo from here but more on what I got at a later date.