My hostas leaves keep getting holes in the leaves.

Fairy Hensley
by Fairy Hensley
I have checked for insects but haven't found any. I had the same problem when I planted it in my flower garden so I dug it up and planted it in a container but having the same problem. What would you recommend that I do?
  13 answers
  • Heather Barton Heather Barton on May 04, 2015
    Could be slugs....check them at night. I'm not a fan of eradicating any particular "pests" in the garden because they ALL serve some purpose but you can certainly control them in certain areas. I would use some method to control the slugs
    • Fairy Hensley Fairy Hensley on May 04, 2015
      @Heather Barton Thanks Heather, I will try to find something to get rid of them. I appreciate your help.
  • Doyle Tami Harmon Doyle Tami Harmon on May 04, 2015
    It is probably slugs. They love hostas! Try putting coarsely crushed egg shells around the base of the plant when it is first coming up. The shells cut the slugs and they die. Also, you can put a ring of copper or aluminum foil around the base of the plant and a slug will not cross it. You can get copper tape at any nursery. Hope this helps! I battle the little buggers daily. There are so many, I've started to name them!!
  • Colleen Walpert Colleen Walpert on May 04, 2015
    I agree, slugs are probably the problem. You may not see them because they move around at night and they are smaller than you expect. I use a product called Sluggo. You should only need to use it once a year and right now is the optimum time. It is non toxic to other animals.
    • Fairy Hensley Fairy Hensley on May 04, 2015
      @Colleen Walpert Thanks Colleen. I will try Sluggo if I can find it in our stores. I appreciate your help.
  • Carolyn rogers Carolyn rogers on May 04, 2015
    Or almost bury a large circular lid and pour beer in it, they'll die happy
  • Sherry Louer Sherry Louer on May 04, 2015
    If your hostas are planted under trees sometimes little twigs fall and pierce the hosta leaves. Or could be snails or slugs which leave slimy trails on the leaves.
  • Viki Viki on May 04, 2015
    My guess is slugs. They come out at night and they love hostas.
  • Tauba Brown Tauba Brown on May 04, 2015
    Put small bowls of cheap beer around the base of hosts if you have slugs they will immediately be attracted to it.. just change it out periodically. This is trick we used at the zoo to keep slugs out of primate exhibit
  • Tauba Brown Tauba Brown on May 04, 2015
    We use this around our plants at home have a large slug problem here in sunny South Carolina...but the do love hosts and dahlias
  • Laura Laura on May 04, 2015
    Like others have stated, it sounds like slugs. I, too, have found the beer in several lids to be very effective in keeping them away. Flat beer seems to work best. I also put plain salt in several lids & keep the lids out all the time, have them level with surroundings as not to stick out.
  • Sue Sue on May 05, 2015
    Earwigs will also do a number on hosta. They live in the dirt at the base of the plant. Coffee grounds are suppose to deter them. I also like the egg shell idea for slugs.
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Sep 12, 2015
    How do you keep earwigs out of the house?
  • Margaret Stava Wunschl Margaret Stava Wunschl on Sep 12, 2015
    I've always had this problem until I stopped watering them. They grow just fine and much less holes in the leaves. I think the moistness under the plants draws the slugs.
  • Patty Patty on Sep 12, 2015
    I use Epsom Salts around all my gardens,,no bugs at all,,I also use it mixed with my fertilizer which doubles the amount for the yards,,been doing this for years and it still works!! I sprinkle it around the plants about 3 inches from the root base first, then a sprinkle it in the areas where there are no plants,,be sure to water it into the area really good, 'til you don't see the crystals any longer!! Good luck!