What’s Eating Your Hosta Plant

Hosta Plant

Have you been trying to grow some hostas in your backyard only to find it getting eaten by a mysterious intruder overnight? Unfortunately, dealing with pests is part and parcel of gardening. Here are the most common pests that could be eating your hosta plant and ways to deal with them.

Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails are one of the most common pests that feast on garden foliage, especially the leaves of hosta plants. You might not always notice them because they are more active at night or during a wet, cloudy day. You will know it’s the slugs and snails that are leaving a destructive mark on the hostas if the leaves are filled with large irregular holes.

Aside from picking them out one by one, there are quite a few home remedies that can get rid of the slugs and snails effectively. You could, for example, resort to affordable solutions like sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth or try something more creative like setting up beer traps around the perimeter of the hostas plants.

Cutworms

Cutworms are another common garden pest species that enjoy feasting on hosta plants. Like slugs and snails, cutworms also tend to be nocturnal so they will do most of the damage when you are asleep. They are destructive because they don’t just attack the leaves. They may also eat the stem along the soil, or even the roots. It depends on the species of cutworm you have in the backyard.

The holes that the cutworms leave behind on the hosta leaves may be a bit bigger than what’s left behind by a slug. To deal with cutworms naturally, we suggest trying out remedies such as coffee grounds and broken egg shells. These materials act as a deterrent and will most likely stop the cutworms from climbing up the hosta plant.

Deer and Other Wildlife

It’s not just the insect that love eating the hosta plants. It might also be wildlife animals like deer and rabbits assuming you live closer to the countryside. Unfortunately, keeping these wild animals away from the garden bed isn’t as easy as repelling insects.

As a long-term solution, you may need to set up a physical barrier that prevents the deer from accessing the hosta plant. There are also temporary measures that may prevent a deer from eating the hosta plant, such as using deterrent spray, but these methods tend to be short-lived.