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How We Dig Hosta Divisions

A picture tutorial of the methods we use to dig hosta divisions

Whitney points her husband to the clump. Jeff digs up the clump.

#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.

He lifts up the clump. Another view of the clump.
#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'
He lays down the mature clump to begin dividing it. When some soil is removed, it's easy to see the divisions.
#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!
The individual division. Dormant buds will develop into new divisions.
#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.
He soaks the division and wraps it in newspaper before putting it in a carton. You will receive your mature division 2 to 3 days after we ship.
#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.

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