Do hosta need to cut back?


I have a large hosta that has holes in the leaves and turning brown. Can hosta be cut way back?

  7 answers
  • Sandy Sandy on Sep 22, 2018

    No, you don’t need to cut them back. The leaves will turn brown and lay flat on the ground and then you can rake them up or just leave them til Spring and then rake. Hope this helps.

  • You can dig the entire hosta up and take a large shovel and cut it in half to make it smaller. Replant. Then, plant the other half somewhere else. But, I don't normally prune mine.

  • Monique Monique on Sep 22, 2018

    Always mowed down my hostas every fall & they came back better than ever year after year!!

  • Ellis Ellis on Sep 22, 2018

    I agree with Sandy. Just wait for them to die back in fall. I like to clean up all the dead hosta leaves before winter for a neat look and to deprive slugs, bugs, diseases a habitat, but many gardeners leave that cleanup job until spring.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 22, 2018

    No, they are going dormant for winter. Let them die back.

  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 25, 2018

    Hi Barbara. I cut mine down to the ground. It keeps the gardens looking fresh and clean. It will also allow the sun to hit the ground where the Hosta leaves covered and help chase away the slugs that hide there.

  • Jeanne Grunert Jeanne Grunert on Sep 25, 2018

    I do not cut my hostas back. I let the foliage die naturally from the frost, then gather it up and discard it.

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