Hostas are a wonderful shade foliage plant with leaves in variegated hues of greens and chartreuses. In the summer months of July and early August they flower with white or lavender flowers. For some varieties, the flowers are fragrant.
Dividing hostas is easy to do. The rule of thumb whenever moving or dividing any perennial is to time it with their period of bloom. If it’s a spring or summer bloomer, move it after it has bloomed; and if it is a fall bloomer, move it in spring or early summer so it will establish well enough to bloom later. For hostas, because they are a summer bloomer, do the move after they are done, like in August.
Before dividing any plant, decide where it is to go, and prepare the space for the incoming plant first. Make sure the soil is soft and the hole is dug. You may even add a little compost to the bottom of the hole to enrich the soil. Divide the hosta root by first getting a clear view of the base of the plant – move any old dried leaves out of the way – decide on where you would like to divide it, and with a spade, take aim, and go straight down with a clean slice using a freshly washed shovel. Clean tools decrease the spread of bacteria.
Take the divided root to its new home and fill it in with good quality soil, remembering to keep the crown at ground level. Do not bury the crown or it will rot. Water well; keep evenly moist to establish it. Avoid over watering this new root and it should grow well.