I really liked Bill's idea of putting you hostas on
top of the ground....and covering with leaf compost. It's the easiest way to go
and would be very convenient when it comes time to plant.
I moved almost 3000 hosta crowns from Delaware to
Georgia. All of these hostas were dug by a crew of six people the weekend before
Christmas of 2001 and I'm still getting them in the ground.
We used the standard plastic grocery bags. You can
often get them at Wal-Mart in their recycle area. I got thousands for free this
way. I use the Eon metal plant markers with the metal 1 inch x 3 inch tag. The
tags are easy to remove from the stakes and we put the tags in the bottom of the
bag and placed the hosta on top of the tag. This worked very well. I still have
about 20% to plant....and the hostas still look good stored in these plastic
bags. Really large hostas and multiples were placed in larger garbage bags.
When the hosta is planted....or in your case "heeled in" with leaf compost the 1
by tag can be put back on it's stake.
Best of luck.
Dan & Lu