August 26, 2008
OK, I know this is not a hosta and probably you think what does it have to do with it? Nothing actually... Just lovely flowers NIMG :)
.... but going to hostas.....
End of August, which is end of summer here in Poland, is perfect time to propagate hostas. It is best, for three main reasons - you still can see them :) and you know how to divide it, second - after the shock of digging out they get the chance to start to grow roots, temporarily planted in pots, before you plant them in new place, third - you can still see the leaves after planting, so it is easier to keep the proper spacing between the plants.
My lovely hostas are growing in accidental places - but that is going to change, because the owner of the garden (me, me, me) got out of the 'planting heat' and now some more sense will be introduced in the garden.
I rarely go to nurseries, compare to previous years, when it was my daily excercise. Now I go maybe once a month - I simply ran out of planting space. There is kind of balance now - I go equally often to clothes shopping, as to plant shopping.
Thinking again - 'running out of planting space' is not possible, is it?
This is relative, because depends a lot on what is your plan. Mine is propagating plants that I have in my garden, because it is nice collection of 'Favourites'.
There are still some plants that I would like to have, but I know what I want. They are still in plans, because I couldn't buy it - they are not available in the shops that I visit.
Today I will show you, how easily I have propagated one of my favourite hostas, which was growing in a wrong place. Wrong place, because I couldn't admire its beauty - it was too much hidden.
Can you see how big it is?
Propagating them was easier that expected. Just first cut was most difficult, because hosta is hard to deal with it, if you apply power - it sounds familiar, doesn't?
I dug it out first.
Then cut by half wih spade.
After this it was easy to divide it with my hands.
I wanted get maximum of it, there was 8 plants in total.
They go to pots for 2 weeks and after that, in September, I will make new place for them and plant it directly in the soil.
Even if they stay in pots for the winter, these lovely and hardy plants will survive and in the spring will grow like nothing happened.