Title: Re: Dormancy
A few more questions on your "stem cutting" technique: When you have a hosta clump with, say, 10 eyes, how many of them do you cut and how many do you leave? If I understand the concept the reason you cut the "stems" off above the basal plate is that you leave all of the roots intact so that the main plant can recover versus cutting all the way through and including a bit of root with each division as we normally divide hostas. How does the main plant look the following year? I imagine with all of the roots still intact, it comes back quite strong. Can this process be repeated year after year with the same main plant or does it require a rest or recovery period. One final question, do you cut the eyes at random or only the outside ones or only the inside ones?
In a message dated 2/3/99 10:12:17 PM Central Standard Time, Jpbluerib@aol.com
<< Paul, couldn't you achieve the same results with the "bud cuttage"
that Alex Summers originated? Jim P. >>
If I understand what that technique is, you are cutting into the rhizome,
which is more work and more stressful to the 'mother' clump. The main reason I
like the extra dirt type job, is that you get a nice large eye or cluster of
eyes for next year with a good surface for root production. Next year (this
summer) I will post pictures on the websight.