What's happening to my hostas?

lovemyshovel(z7)September 23, 2008

Here are some pix of my hostas :-(

I used to have lots of hosta in several beds. They are all dying. I only have a few left. What is happening?

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tamelask(z8a NC)

Looks like something's eating them to me. Whatever it is, they'll soon be going dormant for the winter anyhow. They'll come back next year more than likely. I get a fungal thing in some of mine next to a stream that defoliates them completely in late summer each year, and they always come back the next a strong as ever. Next year you can spray them with whatever repels whatever's eating at them (slugs, rabbits, deer). Hostas are candy for lots of critters.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 12:26AM
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carrie630(z7bNC)

do you have deer? Mine get eaten by deer (and rabbits)...

slugs usually go for hostas, but that would have to be a BIG slug....

Carrie

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 8:55AM
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fightinchickin

Post over on the Hosta forum. Those nuts love looking at pics and will probably have a whole range of opinions/ideas.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 3:48PM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

Looks like foliar nematodes to me

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 9:48AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I agree with brenda. A systemic treatment added now while you still have some leaf will help. Another treatment in spring after the shoots begin to open should help although it won't deter rabbit/deer browsing.
You might also want to check for vole activity. If you have them and they've chewed off much of the roots the plant will stop producing leaves while it grows more root system.
You can lift these plants to check for pest activity and replant them. Use a spading fork to loosen the soil and lift the plants so you can check the roots.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 11:27PM
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