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Re: Moving Hostas

Interesting scenario.  I moved a two-and-a-half years ago and had the task of 
moving many hostas (about 300 at the time).  It was late October, so digging 
them up was not an issue, but I didn't have time to prepare new gardens for 
most of them.  

Here's what I did:  I went to the local garden center where and the owner was 
more than glad to sell me used pots at 15 cents apiece for 2-gallon pots (he 
had hundreds of them in all sizes).  I probably could have gotten them for 
less but I was glad to not have to pay $1 or more for new ones. I purchased 
over 100 of them and filled every last one of them (plus the pots that I 
already owned in various sizes). Since I didn't have time to plant, I piled 
them outside, threw a few leaves on them, and covered them with  a tarp for 
the winter.  The remaining plants I stored bareroot in peat moss in a cold 
basement.  I didn't have any problems with either method.  You may also want 
to the community recycling/transfer center - I've heard that sometimes you 
can pick up used pots there, but I have never tried it.

Hopefully you have marked your hostas well or you have good records.   

By the way, I live in Connecticut as well (Middletown).  Hopefully, we'll 
have more of this warm weather before you close on the house and you will be 
able to dig. Where do you live that you still have snow?  I am sure I could 
dig right now with no problem if I had to (although cold weather is coming 
this weekend).  Good luck. 

Joe Swift
Middletown, CT

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