Hostas forum: new remedy - anybody tried this one for slugs?

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Name: CJ
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 2, 2010 1:24 PM CST
new remedy - anybody tried this one for slugs?

1 quart of water, 1 tsp. baking soda and squirt of dove soap

A friend fot it from Tasha Tudor's book, tried it and said it was working for her for slugs
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Christine27360
Sep 2, 2010 7:35 PM CST
very cool -- I will have to try that one... did she say if she sprays it on the leaves or at the base of the Hosta?
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Name: CJ
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 3, 2010 10:47 AM CST
She said she did the leaves (on a cloudy day or early evening so they can dry and not be wet during the night).
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woodthrush
Sep 3, 2010 12:24 PM CST
How often do you have to apply? Do you need to repeat it right away if it rains?
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Sep 4, 2010 6:47 AM CST
Baking soda is salt and limestone so I assume if you don't dilute it well enough, it would burn. I mix it up in gallons and use my sprayer to pretty much coat everything, in, around and under. I've never seen it burn when used in this mix but of course, test it out on your plants. I do reapply but not sure I am diligent enough to do it after every rain. I do it when I see those critters and think - ha, let's get a bit of fire on your tongue you nasty critters. It's the ultimate clinical way of handling pest management :). I think of it as giving them an alka seltzer gargle - blah!

I use this recipe for pretty much everything including aphids, Japanese beetles and slugs. I have tons of butterflies and honey bees so I assume it does nothing to the taste of the nectar.

It's been pointed out to me that you Hosta growers have areas that never dry up. It's just an old practice of mine not to let plants be wet overnight but can see the problem of drying leaves in shade :). Try it on a leaf and see if the slugs go to the unsprayed leaves. then check to make sure my remedy doesn't hurt your plants.

I did google baking soda + hosta and phytotech seems to use it quite a bit in starting new plants:
http://www.phytotechlab.com/pdf/HostaMultiplicationKit.pdf

HTH

Mindy

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