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Re: old hostas heaving

  • Subject: Re: old hostas heaving
  • From: BanyaiHsta@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 22:44:51 EST

Here is my recommendation. 

Heaving can happen to any plants in light or loose soil - with freeze/thaw. 
If they are mature plants, you would do better to push the crown/roots back 
underground and cover with a slight amount of soil. Especially this late in 
the winter. If you are expecting more freeze/thaw, after pushing the roots 
back in the ground and putting some soil on, put a MINIMAL amount of mulch, 
to temper the temperature swings.

In Michigan and Delaware, a certain amount of heave is normal. Even with 
older plants, it happens.

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