Hostas forum: How to help my hostas

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St. Louis, MO
Jun 7, 2017 8:10 PM CST

By the end of last season, a big patch of my hostas were in very bad shape. Now the same thing is beginning to happen this year. I have attached pictures.

The interesting thing is that, this does not happen to the hostas on the other side of my walkway. Those hostas are all in great shape.

I appreciate any help/advice you can provide.


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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Jun 7, 2017 8:51 PM CST

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Maybe slug/snail damage?

Moved to the Hosta Forum, hopefully the hosta fans that frequent this forum will be able to help. Thumbs up
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Jun 7, 2017 9:19 PM CST
I think caterpillars. Sometimes I can find them around the base of my plants in the mulch ect. A little sevin spray around the base usually works, I just mix it a little on the weak side and do not get any on the blooms. Just around the base area of the plant, or right directly down the middle/center from overhead/top so that it runs down the leaf stems. They leave little black specks of poo that look like your plant is sprinkled w pepper. You have to look for them.
St. Louis, MO
Jun 8, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Thanks Sue and Lily. I will set some slug traps, and spray some sevin as well. I'll update youi after a few weeks of this!

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