Time to pull the plug(s)

bragu_DSM 5July 21, 2013

Yay, it's time to transplant, or pull, the 'plugs' of all my new hosta!

It's really quite fun, since 'most' of the work was already done.

I get my hosta in liners, or 1/4 inch plugs. I get them by the dozen. The liners are like tomatoes, instead of four to a pack, there's 12.

When I get them, I unceremoniously pull them from the 12 pack and plant them, three to a pot. I do nothing to them at the time. I figure it is like the yolk sac on an egg. Give it time to absorb the plug material and start sending out new roots in a larger space.

Then I wait about two weeks. I pull the plugs and carefully separate the roots from the original material. I wash each one off so it is bare root, and then I plant them two to a gallon pot.

Then I water and put them in a container (like a plastic oil catcher) and let them self water when I water them, allowing excess water to be retained so they can drink from the bottom. Oh, I mix pearlite and a handful of floor dry (the oil spill cleanup stuff) into the compost. Gives the roots space and moisture.

In 2-3 weeks I can take them down to individual pots. That's where the beauty of azalea pots comes in, they are smaller, inexpensive and easy to deal with. And slightly lighter weight.

Today, I pulled the plug on ...
Diamond Necklace
Green Mouse Ears
Holy Mouse Ears
Blue Mouse Ears
Orange Marmalade
Rainforest Sunrise
Fire Island
Praying Hands
and Cloudburst.

I also rescued a hosta from the garden that was going backwards, and popped Grover Cleveland from the transplant bin into the ground.


Time to fire up the grill and have a frosty malt.

Where did I find all that energy?

Oh, yeah, county fair ended today and the scores of livestock photos are done. It's like a weight off my shoulders!

Now, if it would rain some more ...

^_^ --~


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Babka NorCal 9b

Do you sell them? My goodness, what do you do with all those hostas?


    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 9:24PM
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bragu_DSM 5

I take them to farmers market.
I trade them.
I plant them in people's gardens.
Some get planted by our master gardener group.
..and the rest end up in my garden.

And every time I turn around, my DW is asking if I have an extra to give to a friend for a birthday, anniversary, or 'here let me cheer you up' thing.

I especially like the small ones, great in group or understory plantings.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 9:58PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

What does all that planting, replanting and washing get you after 6 weeks that you wouldn't have if you just planted them in 3" pots and left them alone?


    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 8:40AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

too bad you dont have a camera .... to show us this process...

as apparently yours is limited to livestock...


    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:01AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

I re-read my post. It sounds kind of "snarky". I didn't mean it that way. I'm forever curious about everything. Does it make them grow quicker? How much difference do you think it makes? Have you compared different methods? I would like to know more about the thinking behind the process - what are your reasons for doing a certain process and the timing of each process. (Also, I would like photos, of course.)


    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 5:50PM
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bragu_DSM 5

One reason is a limited number of pots, and of course, potting soil. Another is time.

It is also interesting to note which plants take off the quickest.

some are r e a l l y s l o w.

when you get seven dozen plants, that's a lot of pots. Ganging them together saves me time up front.

I dunno, mebbe I am doing it wrong.

But it allows me time doing one of the things I enjoy most, putzing with the plants.



    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 11:21PM
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idiothe(4 MN)

thanks... very interesting... I used to line out my tc straight from the packs into the garden... worked great with some, very poorly with others... I sure learned a lot! Now I would do some variation on what you are doing.

And you are sure right - the azalea pot in various sizes is far better suited to the root and plant shape of a hosta than the "industry gallon" that is the standard...

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 10:37AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

I saw a thing on ebay for 300 azalea pots for $33.00. I didn't notice the shipping, though (I didn't know what an azalea pot was, so did a search.)

I've certainly never done any of this kind of thing (though I was pretty good with propagating African violets in another lifetime). It seems like continually taking them out of the pot washing them and re-potting them would set them back. Does it not?


    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 1:14PM
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bragu_DSM 5

I wash all my hostas i get from everywhere. I also get rid of the soil.

The giganto rhombus stores are NOTORIOUS for slug eggs.

I pitch the soil, give the roots a drink and put them in the ground, with sphagnum and compost and a handful off floor dry.

I am still trying to figger out a better way for TCs

at season's end, I just plant them in rows, like veggies and have entire rows of stuff in the spring (oh and I bury the plastic tags at ten o'clock and make sure they have a wire ID tag above ground to trip over in the winter.)

remember, you always plant this year for next year, and beyond ... buzz light year, er, grasshopper

^_^ --~

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 7:43PM
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