How We Dig Hosta Divisions
A picture tutorial of the methods we use to dig hosta divisions
#1. Whitney Versteeg directs her husband, 6' 6" basketball player Jeff Versteeg, to a huge clump of 'Lady Isobel Barnett'.
#2. Jeff begins digging a clump of 'Lady Isobel Barnett'. You can see the HostasDirect display garden in the background.
|#3. He lifts a clump of 'Lady Isobel Barnett'. Note the large clump of roots.||#4. Another view of the large clump of 'Lady Isobel Barnett'|
|#5. The large clump is placed on a sheet of plastic so it can be broken into individual divisions and root systems.||#6. After removing some soil, it is easy to see where the individual divisions are. Note the massive root system!|
|#7. Jeff displays an individual division from the clump. Note the large root system.||#8. Not the clearest picture, but you can see the purple dormant bud eyes next to his fingers. These buds will develop into new divisions next year.|
|#9. Jeff wraps the divisions in newspapers and soaks them. He will then place the plant in a plastic bag, secure it with a rubber band, and add a plastic garden label before placing it in a U.S. Postal Service carton for shipping. (We use many carton sizes.)||#10. Jeff and Whitney display the plant wrapped in wet newspaper, bound with a rubber band and protected with a plastic bag and rubber band. A plant label and packing slip will be included. You will receive your hostas within 2 to 3 days of shipping.|