Here’s a great tip sent in by a reader to Horticulture magazine on dividing hosta late in spring, after they’ve leafed out. (We have so many chores in spring, this can quite commonly happen, can’t it?)Tie the leaf stems together by wrapping a section of rope, clothesline or what-have-you around the section of plant you want to move. This helps to see where to cut for the division. Then, take masking tape and run that around the stems, just tightly enough to hold the stems and leaves up. Remove the rope and leave the masking tape. Replant and water. The tape holds the leaves up until the plant is rooted well enough to maintain turgidity in the leaves and stems on its own, so you won’t have to look at sad plants lying on the ground. The tape will eventually weather away.
I really like this idea. I think also it will make it easier to water the newly-planted hosta and get the water right to the roots rather than splashing on the leaves, making for a stronger, healthier transplant.
I’m sort of thinking I might skip the “rope” part and go straight to the masking tape.
Let me know how this works for you-all.