Leaves On Hostras - Knowledgebase Question

Camp Lake, WI
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Question by sob
May 17, 2001
It started last year, and I noticed it's happenening again this year...something is bothering my Hosta plants, the leaves look like they have holes or some look like they're torn. It is on almost everyone of them.
What should I use to try and stop it from happening???

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2001
The two most common reasons for holes in hosta leaves early in the season are slug damage and hail damage. Slugs will leave a silvery slime trail and can be controlled by hand picking at night when they are active, traps, baits (read and follow the label instructions carefully) or by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the soil surface around the plant. Hail damage (or other physical damage such as that caused by trampling) may occur much earlier in the season and only become apparent when the leaves have fully unfurled and begun to grow.

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