What is eating my hosta?

sunnygirl814July 19, 2014

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my hosta and how to fix it?? Thank you!

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blacksheep998

I'm not sure what's causing it, but it's not being eaten. Insects or slugs eat pieces of leaves. But the holes in your leaf are where the tissue has died and fallen out of the leaf.

Is the damage solely on the lighter portions?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:51PM
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sunnygirl814

Yes it is actually. I just happened to notice that! If that's the case, any idea what it is?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:16PM
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blacksheep998

The discoloration pattern sort of makes me want to say it's a virus, but that's really just a guess. It could be something as simple as sun damage.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:37PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

It's unlikely it's a virus. My first thought was foliar nematodes, but on second look, it looks more like either a cold damaged, sun damaged or water deprived area. I think whatever happened did so a while back. The tissue was damaged, turned light, then dark, then fell through.

Unless you see something to indicate it's spreading, I'd chalk it up to cold damage.

bk

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:57PM
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Jon

I have never seen a hosta leaf turn anything but light or dark brown when it dies. Is it possible the purple is something accidentally sprayed or spilled?

Jon

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:36AM
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