Dividing a hosta part 2
I finally got to dividing that old hosta. Unbeknownst to me, it was in bad condition and I'm not sure why. It's somewhere between 15 and 20 years old, and has been in a pot all but it's first two years. It was beautiful last year. (I knew that it didn't have as many pips as usual and they were kind of clumped into groups as opposed to one big mass.)
I popped it out of the 20 gal. pot and it had almost no roots. I cut it right down the middle with my kitchen bread knife (which I just said I wouldn't do). Right around the crown, was a small amount of clay. I have no idea of the cause of the problem, so we washed off all the soil and repotted it. The roots looked normal, but thin and short.
I went on to repot several and they were all normal, with several in desperate need of a new pot. So, it's not a generalized problem. Even the blue angel with anthracnose had normal amount of roots.
What do you think?