Hostas forum: Will hosta be harmed by the deer eating them over and over?

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jul 28, 2018 6:56 PM CST
I'm planning on having some fencing going up, finally bought some stuff to do it with. But it may be a year or so before that happens. If the deer keep eating my hostas when the sprout back out, will it kill them? I can't think it would be good for them, but I don't have a good way of protecting them right now either and the deer are so bad. Sad
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Nov 6, 2018 10:30 PM CST
@Frillylily I am sorry no one answered. When I first moved here with my hostas from another property. The first yr of them eating them they came back fine the next yr. But after 3 yrs of them eating some did not come back. It is true plants need their leaves to survive.
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Frillylily
Nov 7, 2018 8:58 AM CST
Thanks for the reply. I was afraid of that. I am going to move a few of them closer to the house and see if that helps. I do have fencing, but didn't get it up this year because I was waiting on getting a large tree taken out and cleaned up. I think some of my hostas have died because the deer at them off all summer. Sad
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NJBob
Nov 7, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Hope they make it for you. I have deer with just a taste for the flower stems for some reason, just hoping it stays that way.
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2018 8:50 PM CST
I planted some last year. The deer ate them completely and they didn't return. I was bummed.
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crawgarden
Nov 7, 2018 11:20 PM CST
Liquid PlantSkydd does a great job!
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Frillylily
Nov 8, 2018 9:00 AM CST
plantmanager said:I planted some last year. The deer ate them completely and they didn't return. I was bummed.


They may have ate the crowns, the deer here paw the ground and eat my daylilies crowns and all in the middle of winter Sad


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touchofsky
Mar 20, 2019 6:47 PM CST
I haven't tried PlantSkydd, but do use Bobbex with very good success. I use it on both my hosta and daylilies.
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Cinta
Apr 13, 2019 1:04 AM CST
I do not have good success with any spray because we get have gotten so much rain just when they start to grow in the Spring. We have been having rain every day for months with only late night breaks these last 3 yrs.
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ViolaAnn
Apr 14, 2019 11:35 AM CST
Have you got any of those little water vials that come with roses? A friend fills them with ammonia, sets them out among the hostas and swears they keep the deer away.
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Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Apr 20, 2019 11:08 PM CST
That sounds like a plan. I will give it a try. Although it will be watered down with the flooding rains we have had this week the Hotas are just coming up this is the time they love to come for the feast. Just as they frill out they know they are fresh eating.
Name: Henry
Zone 7, Outside Baltimore (Zone 7b)
Scapehunter
May 16, 2019 8:02 PM CST
Someone suggested changing the smelly material once a month or two. The deer might get used to just one smell and begin to accept it as part of the environment.
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jun 9, 2019 6:13 AM CST
Bobbex doesn't wash off once it is dry, even in heavy rain. I used it starting early this spring and even with all the rain we have had, it has kept the deer out of my garden. I use it on my hostas when they first emerge, and then every few weeks as they grow.
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crawgarden
Jun 9, 2019 8:22 AM CST
Same with Plantskydd, also using it to keep voles out.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 9, 2019 11:53 AM CST
I don't use any animal urine products because I don't want to support that industry. Very cruel and miserable way for those animals to suffer.

So far the best thing I have found is mixing liquid fabric softner w water and spraying on the plants before I go to bed. Has not harmed the plants at all, none of the critters in my yard seem affected, and so far nothing eaten this year.

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