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Old Yesterday, 11:34 AM
 
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that I love equally. One is a Hosta, and the other one is a Dailily. They are doing beautifully, but I misjudged their space, in placing them on the ground. Now, one of them has to come out. It is breaking my heart, because I love both of them, equally, and I am not an expert on transplanting, neither is my spouse, who is not a gardener. I have only transplanted two plants in my whole gardening life.


Which one should I move? Thank you,
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Old Yesterday, 12:07 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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They are both equally very resilient plants; however with that said the daylily is probably getting ready to flower, so I would leave that one alone. Hosta's are like the hercules of plants, so don't feel intimidated by lifting it. Use a trowel to do the digging. What I do is pierce the ground around it in a few spots, then push the trowel in deep, and pull back on the handle to lift the hosta. Find where you want it, and dig a hole a little bigger, but not deeper, and plop it in. Push the soil back around the plant with your hand, and press firmly all around the plant. Follow up with a little water, and you are done. (happy gardening!)
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Old Yesterday, 12:13 PM
 
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I'd move the hosta. Do it on a cool day if you can, rather than a hot day.
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Old Yesterday, 12:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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This Fall, if you like, you can also dig and divide the daylilies.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wR_3BPZnks

Hosta.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2d3xvF-Ioc
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Old Yesterday, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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They are both equally very resilient plants; however with that said the daylily is probably getting ready to flower, so I would leave that one alone. Hosta's are like the hercules of plants, so don't feel intimidated by lifting it. Use a trowel to do the digging. What I do is pierce the ground around it in a few spots, then push the trowel in deep, and pull back on the handle to lift the hosta. Find where you want it, and dig a hole a little bigger, but not deeper, and plop it in. Push the soil back around the plant with your hand, and press firmly all around the plant. Follow up with a little water, and you are done. (happy gardening!)
This^^^ you can't kill a hosta.
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I've divided and moved hosts pretty much anytime from spring til fall. Best not to do in middle of hot summer but now is a fine time.

Just get a shovel and shove it in the dirt all around the plant, a few inches from the plant. Once you have circled it pry it up. Don't worry about damaging root, cutting some off, they are tough. If you want to divide it in two you can do it a number of ways. Put roots in a bucket of water and tease them apart, pull, maybe a sharp knife. You don't have to be gentle. Plant where you want to plant. Spoil with some extra water if no rain for a week or so. They should be fine then.

Mine always over grow where I have planted them every 3 years or so so I have to reduce their (about 8 of them) size by just digging some out. I just use a garden shovel, shove into the center of plant and dig out half or more. I either give them away, free sign out at curb, or throw them in the compost pile.
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Old Today, 10:53 AM
 
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When you say it's breaking your heart, what does that mean you will do with the other one?
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Old Today, 11:18 AM
 
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When you say it's breaking your heart, what does that mean you will do with the other one?
Simply, that I hate to disturb either one.
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