You can save that Hosta!

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Hostas happily sitting in rain water growing their new roots

Okay, it is that time of the year and you walk out into your garden and you see your hosta has fallen over and you pick it up to discover that the roots have been eaten.

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Have you walked out and seen your hosta fallen over? Do not toss it in the compost

What do you do?

Do not throw it out!

Have you tried to separate your hosta clump and you broke one of the leaves off and it has no roots…
can you save it?

Most likely the answer is YES!

I have saved hostas for years that have been attacked by voles and other critters and even ones that I have harmed in my quest to divide them. It is so easy to do and only requires (rain) water and a glass jar, vase, or other container. Voles love the roots of hostas. (NOTE: if you use tap water, let it sit out for a couple days)

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A vole ate the roots off-but this can easily be saved!

Most gardeners need to watch for bug and critter infestations. Even the best gardeners can be invaded by hungry varmints looking for a meal. I know that I have to walk the gardens and pay close attention to any size of distress on any of my plants. If I notice a high activity of moles tunnels (the dogs digging trenches is a sure sign) then I am extra vigilant about walking around checking out my hostas as well as my other plants every couple days.

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the root crown is where the roots start. I broke this hosta off during a division and you can see the epidermis of the hosta coming off and below that is the crown. This is where the roots come out

If the hosta still has part of the root crown, then you can easily root the hosta. I prefer rain water and the shade to root the hosta. Rooting the hostas takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks so be patient and make sure the water level stays constant in the jar/vase. Do not submerge the plant in the water, just keep the white of the root crown in water (to root). After it has rooted, then either plant it in a pot or move it back to the ground.

So do not panic if you find a plant distress do not just throw it out!

This is about 4-6 weeks of rooting. It could go in ground or pot now

This is about 4-6 weeks of rooting. It could go in ground or pot now

Just remember what you have read here and stick the plant in rain water and say some kind words and wait…

Happy gardening everyone!

Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!


2014/2015 copyrighted material C Renee Fuller

@ the Garden Frog Boutique


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