What can I use for a natural spray to spray on my hostas to stop bugs?

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What can I use for a natural spray to spray on my hosta to stop bugs from eating holes in it?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 30, 2018
    crushed egg shells, copper banding, horticulture oil

  • Heje Heje on May 30, 2018
    Egg shells have been known to help by putting them near or around the plant.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on May 30, 2018
    You can make a mix of finely ground garlic powder and Cayanne powder mixed in a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of Dawn, or a natural dish soap. 1-2 tsp per bottle, depending on how big the bottle is. Spray on both sides of the leaves, reapply after a rain once the leaves are dry. This works for garden vegetables too.

    • Sandi Monroe Sandi Monroe on May 30, 2018
      Any idea what the ratio is for garlic & cayenne with water? I would think if you put too much would burn the plant

  • D scheidecker D scheidecker on May 30, 2018
    If the (bugs) are actually slugs, try crushed eggshells around base of plant, coffee grounds (used) also seems to help. Before hosta leaves get large you can also spray amonia into the plant centers. Good luck, Pelican

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 30, 2018
    Crushed egg shells will help keep the slugs and snails off the hostas, you need enough that they can't get through to crawl up onto the leaves.

  • Sandi Monroe Sandi Monroe on May 30, 2018
    I am doing the eggshells plus slug pellets and it doesn’t seem to be slugs but some kind of aphid.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on May 30, 2018
    The holes generally come from slugs that invade during the dark hours. You could use a slug pellet bait which you can purchase ans which works well or you can spread around crushed egg shells around the base of the plants.

    • Sandi Monroe Sandi Monroe on May 30, 2018
      Yes doing both. I haven’t seen any signs of slugs yet this season. It is very dry here and I know they like damp dark areas. I tried to put the slug bait out early in the spring to get the babies before they get to be adults. Haven’t had much luck with that in the past

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on May 30, 2018
    If you have aphids you can spray with a mix of 40 parts water to one part dish liquid. Leave on for ten minutes and then spray off again. The soap will kill the aphids. I might add too that when hostas are too dry the leaves will also turn brown.

  • Sandi Monroe Sandi Monroe on May 31, 2018
    Thank you I will give that a try