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jeaninne09-May-06 01:17 PM EST 5b   
Ginger20-May-06 01:49 PM EST 5b   
Patricia01-Jun-06 08:24 PM EST 5   
Karen02-Jun-06 07:22 AM EST 6a   
Diane05-Jun-06 07:47 PM EST   
Karen09-Jun-06 08:09 AM EST 6   
Patricia13-Jun-06 09:48 PM EST 5   

Subject: hosta
From: jeaninne
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-May-06 01:17 PM EST

i have a hosta that is in tourble....she has two kind of bugs eating her one is a rollie pollie and the other is a bug that has pitcher on it back they are going from the bottom up and eating the bulb which is killing the leaves does anybody have a suggestion that wouldn't kll my plant?

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Ginger (gingerbarkley@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 5b
Date: 20-May-06 01:49 PM EST

I would like to suggest Sunlight dishsoap seeing how it kills plant lice in indoor plants.

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 01-Jun-06 08:24 PM EST

Not sure what you mean by a "rollie pollie" or "a bug with a pitcher on its back"... but Ginger's advice is good: a teaspoon of dish detergent in a spray bottle full of water - spray everywhere. Also, put sharp sand, crushed eggshell or even diatomaceous earth all aroung the hosta on the ground - something sharp will prevent slugs, etc. from creeping up to the plant. Does this make sense to you?

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Karen (chickedee57@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-Jun-06 07:22 AM EST

I have read that Murphy's oil soap mixed with water is the same as the insecticidal soap you buy.

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Diane
Date: 05-Jun-06 07:47 PM EST

Hi this is my first post here so hello everyone and it’s nice to meet you all. I also had a problem with my host’s being eaten so I was advised to get a product called ‘chick grit’ it is chicken feed for young chickens, it is non toxic to animals but it is very sharp and will slice the body’s of snails and slugs that feed on hosta’s therefore the bug gets dehydrated and die’s if they do crawl on it but once it’s down they will avoid crawling over it. You can get this wherever they sell farmers feed products and it’s cheap, it also does not wash away in the rain. Put a layer on top of the soil around your hosta inside and out on the ground but first use the dish liquid to chase the slugs/snails away or they will get trapped on the plant and will keep munching away. Also after the dish liquid application you will want to rinse the plant with clear water to get rid of the soap residue make sure you get the underside of the leaves as well as snails and slugs will cling to the underside of the leaves where they can have a shady feast I used chick grit this year and have not had one chewed leaf. In the past I have tried the eggshells but it did not work very well.

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Karen (chickedee57@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 6
Date: 09-Jun-06 08:09 AM EST

I have also used ammonia mixed 10:1 with water. You can spray it on the leaves and around the soil. It will kill the slugs on contact. I've found that first thing in the morning the slugs are still out so they're easy to find.

Subject: RE: hosta
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 13-Jun-06 09:48 PM EST

To Diane: Wow! chick grit...what a great, great idea! Thanks Diane!

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