What causes small holes in hosta leaves? - Knowledgebase Question

West Allis, Wi
Question by ssommerfeld3
July 2, 2010
What can be done about hostas to prevent small holes forming in on the leaves? Why does it happen in the first place?


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010

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Hosta leaves are favorite snacks of snails and slugs. Hostas grow best in cool, shady gardens, in rich, moist soil - which is also the perfect environment for slugs and snails. If you examine the damaged leaves closely you'll probably find slime trails. If so, slugs or snails are culprits. Try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around the damaged plants to discourage the slimey pests. Best wishes with your hostas!

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