OMG- Hostas destroyed

valtorrez(6b)April 29, 2012

Yesterday we had a hail storm in St. Louis within 10 minutes of me getting to church. Yesterday they predicted storms thoughut day but that was it. Once we got to church, within 10 minutes they were announcing that the tornado sirens had went off and to go to basement. I just wanted to go home. When we got outside baseball size hail was everywhere with leaves everywhere like fall. Hood of my car all dented in. When I got home we inspected and the only things damaged was my precious hostas that I had been showing off my gardens to to my family. They look horrible and I feel like cutting them all down but read on another post that that was wrong thing to do. Besides that, we were lucky house not damaged and no one hurt.

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I'm so sorry. I'm glad no one was hurt but I know how sad I felt when this happened to me. We look forward to seeing our gardens all winter then it gets ruined...very depressing. Unless you're ok with them being smaller next year, I would leave all the leaves as is, until they turn brown. The one hosta I cut back as a test took forever to send up new leaves that season, and when it did they were pitiful...not worth it at all.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:44AM
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go find a nursery that didn't get hailed on and buy yourself a couple of new, pretty hosta. That helped me a bit, to have something not wrecked to look at.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:47AM
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I'm sorry to hear about your garden, but very glad to hear your house wasn't damaged. And coll's advice is good - go buy yourself a few pretty new ones for this year.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:22AM
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flowerchild59(z6b IL)

I was in st. louis yesterday driving home from Swan Lake, the ballet, and boy was it a terrible storm. We missed the hail thankfully. We experienced a bad hail storm here a couple of years ago, yes it sucks, yes they look bad for a while, yes they will recover. Be thankful that more damage wasn't done to structures and the such.
There is a good thread on here about how to deal with hail damage. I didn't trim much of the leaves on mine unless they were extremely tattered.
Give them a nice dose of compost tea or weak seaweed solution and be kind to them this summer. They will thank you next year.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:36AM
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I'm so sorry to hear about the storm destroying your hostas.
It's a sickening feeling isn't it. They'll come back, but won't be pretty this year. Try try again!!!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 12:04PM
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Thanks everyone. I feel like I jinxed them by showing them off to everyone. This was the third leap year and they were bountiful. I even tore down the wood around one garden bed and built a new retaining wall for it. Well I am lucky noone was hurt and house is okay. I will definitely find thread on how to deal with the hail damage. I went outside and just cut around the leaves that were practically hanging off by a thread. I just purchased Sluggo. Wont be needing that.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 6:03PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

I feel your pain. We had two hailstorms last spring. The hail wasn't as big as yours, but everything was really ugly. I didn't cut anything back, just lived with it. Seems that my Sum and Substance was the ugliest hosta last year when we were disscussing ugly hosta. This year, it's more beautiful and larger than ever before. I would take Coll's advice and get a couple of new ones to pamper and enjoy this summer. This too, shall pass.


S&S midsummer last summer

S&S a couple of weeks ago after a small hailstorm with just a couple of "hosta hickies"

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:09PM
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Oh, I remember this happening to me 2 years ago! My S&S took the worst beating and I have many of them. I'm so sorry. I feel your pain.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:13PM
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I know the way you are thinking about having jinxed your garden by being proud of it. If that is the sacrifice to keep your home and family safe, then you can live with that. Do the shopping for enough new plants to have some eye candy until the others recover.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 11:07PM
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kskaren(z5 MO)

So sorry about your hostas, Valtorrez! We had some hail here a few weeks ago, and I was outside right after, checking the damage. Fortunately, we had enough canopy filled in that they were shielded from the worst of it. Hope you have a better year next year!!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 2:13PM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

I 2nd the advice from coll_123...go out and buy some new ones. :-)

If you're near enough to the IL side of the metro area, message me and I'll let you know about a hosta sale that is going on this weekend near Collinsville.
(Didn't want to post it publicly because I didn't want it to be seen as "advertising".)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 5:03PM
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