Pests that eat Hostas

star_2007June 6, 2007

Hello,

I recently bought 2 Hostas and planted them, they were doing great and then I noticed that the leaves were eaten in half! I searched the plant and found two culprits ...one a brown grub and the other sow bugs also the stem of the plant is barly there, it has been eaten to almost the whole stem!!! I did'nt know what to do? so I wrapped alumum foil around the stem... and sprayed the leaves with Hot pepper sauce mixed with water.

Does any one out there know of what to do??? I love my Hostas

I am in Camp Verde, Arizona where the elevation is 3,500.

So the weather is about 10 degrees cooler then Phonenix Az.

thanks

Star

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

grub or slug?

ken

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 12:26PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

How about a rabbit or some other maurading rodent?
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 12:30PM
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janetpetiole(4b)
    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 7:46AM
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bocron(z7a GA)

Janet, you linked to my other addiction. Like Hostas, I would love to have one of every chicken. They are so decorative and hysterical to watch (seriously!).
The downside is that they love hosta, so I can't turn them loose to eat bugs anywhere near my hosta since they will eat the hostas in minutes!
Annette

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 9:38AM
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winsomegardener

I'm with Linda C--My pet bunny, Mr. Hopkins, LOVES to nibble on my hostas any chance he gets. He is a beautiful french lop (think Thumper) so I choose to just look the other way. These are so hardy, they always recover.

W.G.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 11:23PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

sow bugs generally don't eat live plants. They eat decaying ones. They are not considered harmful in a garden but beneficial.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 10:56AM
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lisasmall(7a NoVa)

(joins BuyOrSell in the defense of the sow bugs)

I heard they eat tiny roots, too, but Wikipedia says no, they're just detritivores.

I've never heard of sow bugs / wood lice bothering hosta.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 4:28AM
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hostasgalore1(5)

I'll look through my photos cds for a pic of a group of sow bug here eating live hostas so people will see for themselves that it does happen :-( I think mary_ann has seen them eating her hostas also.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 5:26PM
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janetpetiole(4b)

Annette, I know chickens can tear up a garden, but isn't there one that doesn't, or at least, much less than the other breeds?

Ever since I started gardening I've wanted a chicken, but I live in the city.

I haven't been around live chickens often, but one day when I was driving in the country, I saw a rooster chasing 4 hens around and around the front yard of a farmhouse. The 4 hens looked as if they were running for their lives. It was hysterical. I don't know what kind they were but they were beautiful.

How many chickens do you have?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 5:56PM
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maryann_____chgo(5)

Jamie's right. I've watched helplessly as armies of sowbugs chow down my healthy leaves right down to the nubs even tho' there's lots of organic debris on the soil for them to feed on. Sowbugs are the #l pest here.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 6:54PM
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