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When may I divide my hosta?

Hostas are tough plants. Experts say they need to be in the shade to do well. I have mine in dappled shade — they receive periods of hot sun in the afternoon. As long as I am mindful of watering, they do fine.

Hostas are not a plant that is difficult to move. “The Sunset Garden Book” tells us we can move and divide them and says not a word about when. I move them when I can see them.

I want to be able to keep track of where they are situated, so I don’t plant something on top of one.

I divide or even move them anytime I want to. Again, watch the water and don’t forget them.

Celeste Lindsay is a certified master gardener. Send questions to