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Re: Moving large hosta

  • Subject: Re: Moving large hosta
  • From: michael shelton <wilddog_202@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 09:26:20 -0700 (PDT)

interesting ur mini-tree spade idea has been invented
although they are fairly expensive for hobby use

the 4 section idea would eliminate the "fairy ring"
(when the center dies out from lack of food) effect
that comes with an old large clumps

YET, i would not consider going to all this trouble
regardless of who's method u adopt

--- Andrew Lietzow <alietzow@myfamily.com> wrote:

> Ray Wiegand, 
> You're giving out some very good advice in your
> message below.   I didn't quite undertstand the need
> for the "red strap", or how you looped it around the
> plant, but your point about not trying to lift the
> plant out of the hole, without some aid, is my
> point, too.   
> When I have to move a huge clump, I typically slide
> the bag I am using for a sling under the root ball
> before lifting.  I tilt the root ball back to one
> side, slide the bag under, and voila, it's ready for
> transport.  However, the idea of spliting into
> quarters and reassembling them at the new location
> certainly has merit.  And, if I could figure out the
> red strap concept... :-) 
> I have thought about inventing a rolling device that
> could be used like a tree spade; a person would roll
> the cart over the plant, crank down the spade blade,
> tap on the knifes with a sledge, and lock the blades
> into place.  Then the operator would hoist the plant
> with a racketing wench, and presto, an airborne
> Hosta.  Next, I thought of all the drawbacks and
> decided to continue to use bags.  
> It is an common problem, moving these large
> clumps... It has been good to hear how others have
> resolved the problem.  
> Ciao, 
> Andrew
> Subject: Re: Moving large hosta
> I am going to touch on what Bill has already said. A
> clump of hosta will
> grow out from the perimeter as it gets larger. If
> you divide that clump
> in 4 pieces, then replant, leave a few inches
> between each section. This
> will allow the hosta to grow not only out, but also
> in to fill the gap.
> In a relatively short period of time (probaly the
> following year) you
> will have a larger hosta than you would have if it
> was moved whole.
> Save your back ---cut it up.     Just one opinion
> Ray
> p.s. if you decide to move it whole --use  a red
> strap --make a loop
> smaller than the clump and put it below the crown on
> the roots. 2 people
> can lift it out of the hole without having to put
> something such as a
> tarp underneath the plant. This worked excellent
> when I moved a Rhodie
> this spring
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