How to Start New Hosta Plants

Updated February 21, 2017

Hostas are shade-loving shrubs that are distantly related to the lily family. Unlike lilies, hostas are grown for their distinctive foliage. Hostas range in size from very tiny plants to very large, shrublike plants. Hosta leaves range in colour from blue-green and yellow-green to variegated with white or yellow stripes. Hostas reach mature size after three years. In order to create new hosta plants, you can dig up hosta clumps and divide them.

Insert a shovel into the ground in a circle around a hosta clump.

Slide the shovel blade under the hosta root ball. Tilt the shovel backward to lift the hosta roots.

Cut the hosta roots with a knife to separate a clump into smaller plants.

Open a planting hole with a shovel. Place the root ball into the planting pocket. Fill in around the hosta root ball with soil. Water with a garden hose until the soil is as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Knife
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