Hosta Wrangling in Ye Olde New England!!

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  1. Cayuga Morning

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    One hosta successfully wrangled into submission!!
    You should see me! Not a pretty sight!
     
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  3. Islandlife

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    Wow!! Hostas are so lovely with such HUGE roots too!
     
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    Oh dear, I can appreciate how hard a job that was! I have SO many that need to be split and I dread it!
     
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    Thanks @Netty. Yes it was daunting. I have been eyeing that hosta for several years now, intending to move it. So I finally did!! I just got it planted today. It was so big, I had to drag it on the sheet, then roll it into the new hole. Quite a job.

    RE dividing hostas, I have better luck in the spring as the shoots just start. I just cut a few pie shaped wedges from the parent hosta, not even taking the parent out of the ground.
     
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    I'm glad you posted this along with the excellent pictures. I'm sure I'll need to do the same soon and, thanks to you, I'll know how to do it! :like:
     
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    That was a big job,..a very big hosta as well,..i can well imagine the state you were in lol,..do you get a lot of slug attacks on your hosta?.
     
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    Surprisingly, I don't Philip. I say surprisingly because my gardens seem to be attacked by everything else: Japanese beetles, ticks, deer, rabbits, voles, leaf minors, red spider mites, mildew!! We even have a flock of very smart turkeys bedevilling our community garden of late.
     
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    That's very interesting,..something is scoffing your slugs,..doing you a favor,..you sure have more nature visitors than i expected,..though being so close to the woods i should have guessed there would be something coming out of the wood lol,..the Deer,..Rabbits,..including your smart Turkeys would find their way to my table :smt117:setf_020:

    My garden Hedgehogs eat most of the slugs but leave enough to eat my hosta plants,..so i have always to do something to keep them away,..they love hosta leaves and can destroy a whole plant in three days,..if allowed.
     
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    WOW!!! That is incredible! We do have slugs here but they don't eat hostas. I am not sure WHAT they eat, come to think of it. I think they just slime around being harmless.
     
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    :sete_056:Lol at they just slime around being harmless,..i don't like using Slug Pellets in case the pets or the Hedgehog eat a dead slug,..even spraying Slug Killer,..which i have to do at times,..lots of damp soil helps slugs breed,..copper bands around containers really works for me as the slugs get a wee electrical charge when trying to cross :rolleyes:
     
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    Hello there, Wrangler.
    That is a gorgeous specimen.
    You really have it good there in your garden from the sounds (and looks) of things.
    BTW---how many different hosta's do you have?
     
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    IMG_20170813_083215.jpg IMG_20170813_083215.jpg :) I have a slew Sjoerd! I have two favorites though: Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata', which grows very upright, so you can plant things at is feet, and a teeny tiny one: Hosta 'Feather Boa'. Both are variegated with mixtures of chartreuse in their foliage.

    That hosta I 'wrangled' is actually a self sown baby. I have lost track of what the parentage is. I have been watching it grow & grow & grow until I realized I had to get it out of there.

    Do you grow hosta?

    The photo above is of Feather Boa in a pot on the back stoop. I like the chartreuse & blue combo.
     
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    Hello Cayu,

    Yes, I grow hosta's...but I only have two sorts. I do not grow more because they are heavily attacked by the slugs and snails sadly. The other hosta was in a marked-down box and I do not think it had a name on it...I just sorts took a chance. My small one looks a bit like your feather boa.

    I do wish that I could grow more, but it is just too moist here...It must be a slug heaven or something.
    Never mind---I enjoyed looking at yours. I am envious, meid.
     
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