The Q&A Archives: hosta problem

Question: Something appears to be eating the variegated hostas in my back yard. Will the leaves regrow?

Answer: It is important to find the culprit so that an effective control can be found. Usually with hostas the culprit is slugs or snails. There is a natural control called Sluggo which works as a bait for these pests. The damage may also be caused by grasshoppers, caterpillars, or beetles. If you can catch them in the act and submit another question I can provide a more targeted response. You may need to go out there at night with a flashlight as some pests are nocturnal. Turn leaves over in the search. The damaged leaves will not regrow, but you can prune them off the plant; new foliage emerges from the center of the plant and the new leaves should hang down and cover up the missing parts of your plant. Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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