Why Transplant Hostas In The Fall

There are a few considerations and rules to follow to ensure that your Hostas will grow well and thrive after transplanting them. While Hostas are reasonably easy to grow, transplanting them during the correct season will give them a growing head start, rewarding you with a stunning display of beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes in the coming Spring!

The very best season to transplant Hostas is the Fall, when the plants have stopped growing and are ready to enter their dormant season. By transplanting in the Fall, the plants will have time to spread their roots, absorb food and nutrients, and become accustomed to their new home before winter.

A garden is not complete unless it has a few beautiful Hostas growing in it. A stunning cluster of Hosta plants in your garden adds color and, to my mind, serenity! This article will discuss the correct transplanting methods to ensure your Hostas will thrive for many years to come!

When Is The Best Season To Transplant Hostas?

Hostas are perennial plants, meaning they will die off during the winter season and return, bigger and better, during the spring season every year. It would make sense to transplant your Hostas towards the end of the growing season when the plant is getting ready to shut down for the winter and enter its dormancy period.

The ideal transplanting time is during the early Fall as the soil is still warm from the Summertime and the air temperatures are cool. If you wait until Spring to transplant your Hosta, they will not grow as well and will take longer to establish in the colder soil.

Hosta roots like warm soil, so transplanting in the Fall will give them a head start and produce bigger, more robust plants than any Hostas transplanted in the Spring.

Transplanting Hostas in the Fall won’t damage the plant too much. The roots will have time to recover and adjust to their new surroundings before the ground freezes. Fresh leaves will grow in the Spring, replacing any that might be damaged because of the transplant.

Spring is a busy time for avid gardeners who spend quality time in the garden. Most gardeners use this new season for cleaning and preparing the garden for new growth. Transplanting Hostas in the Fall allows the gardener to extend his growing season and reduce his workload in the Spring.

While transplanting Hostas in the Fall might be convenient for the gardener, there are many other factors to consider before safely transplanting your Hostas.

Location/Zones

Most Hostas thrive in Zones 3 to 9. Check which varieties will tolerate your conditions before planting them.

Weather

Hostas are shade-loving plants, but some varieties will tolerate direct sunlight as long as they are well watered. Hostas prefer cold winters and warm summers, so make sure you select the correct variety for your environment.

Frost

Check your weather forecast for frost before you transplant your Hostas. Don’t attempt to separate or transplant Hostas if frost is forecast or if the temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).

Transplanted Hostas have a much better chance of thriving if they are placed into warmer soil. Each plant should be moved into their new home before the ground freezes.

Frost will not destroy your Hostas. The plant may lose some leaves, but the roots will survive, and eventually, the plant will recover.

How To Transplant Hostas In The Fall

Now that you have decided to spread the joy around your garden by transplanting your Hostas, what should you do to ensure that they will thrive in their new position?

  • Prepare the soil.
  • Dig a new hole in the ground or prepare a container with the correct soil. The new spot in the ground should be broader and deeper than the old one, or the new container should be bigger than the last.
  • Loosen the soil around the Hosta clump with a garden shovel or fork
  • Pop the clump out of the ground.
  • Rinse off the old soil without damaging the roots.
  • If you are thinking of dividing your plant, now is the time!
  • If there will be a delay in moving the plant to its new spot, make sure that the roots are shaded and damp.
  • Place the clump in the new site and fill up the hole with the soil.
  • Mix organic fertilizers with the refill dirt to give the plants a good start.
  • Cover the clump with soil and water well.
  • Keep an eye on the plant over the next few weeks and watch for wilt due to lack of moisture. Water when necessary.

Benefits of Transplanting Hostas In The Fall

We have discussed the importance of transplanting Hostas in the Fall – these are some of the benefits!

  • Soil temperatures are warmer in the Fall, allowing the plant to spread out its roots and take in more food and nutrients before the winter freeze
  • Hosta planted in the Fall have the advantage over Hosta planted the following Spring.
  • Transplanting in the Fall extends the gardening season and reduces spring workload for the gardener

Tips For Planting Hostas In The Fall

Before planting Hostas in their new home, steps need to be taken to ensure the best conditions for your plants for them to grow well in their new home. Here is what you need to do:

  • The ground can be arid in the Fall, so water the new spot for a few days before planting to ensure moist but not wet and soggy soil
  • Ensure that the earth is warm and moist, not dry during the Fall transplant. This allows the roots to grow and develop before winter
  • Remove any rocks, throw away dead roots from the plant, add compost and organic matter to the soil
  • Avoid frost heaving by planting early in the Fall  – freezing and thawing can push well-rooted plants up to the top of the earth. Prevent this from happening by taking the plant out of the container or ground and loosening the roots. Pack the soil into the container or the ground to act as an anchor to prevent the plant from heaving up
  • Avoid transplanting small plants as they heave easier than large plants
  • Spread light mulch over the transplanted Hostas to keep the heat trapped in the soil
  • The plant will appear to die during winter as the leaves wither and die. This means that the plant is conserving energy and will bounce back when the temperatures rise
  • Be aware that the plant will yield smaller leaves in its first year due to the trauma of the transplant, but the following year the plant will be happy and healthy!

Closing Thoughts

Growing the best Hostas means caring for them and providing the best conditions for them to grow and thrive. By following the above simple rules, you can successfully transplant your Hostas! Transplanting allows you to spread the joy and happiness in your garden by moving your Hostas to positions where they will thrive.