Holes in Hosta Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
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Question by mwilems
February 23, 1998
I have noticed holes showing up in the leaves of my hostas already this year. I put out the beer hoping that the slugs haven't gotten an early start since we have been unseasonable warm this year, but no slugs in the beer. We have been very wet lately if that will aid in your answer. I haven't noticed any critters of any kind in the garden and I'm at a loss as to what's eating my young plants.

Answer from NGA
February 23, 1998
I would say even if you don't see them, or catch them in the traps, it is still slugs. The hostas are early, the slugs are early. Slugs love hosta. It doesn't sound at all like any type of disease or disorder on your hosta, my money is on the slugs. I would continue with the beer traps. Or perhaps you could try a barrier-type control--there's a new one called "Slug-Out", which is a powder you sprinkle in a band around the plants you want to protect. It lasts about 3 weeks, and is made from an extract of coconuts and is not toxic to humans or pets. Slug-Out is available from Garden's Alive,ph# 812-537-8650; e-mail: [email protected]

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