Healthy Hostas Care

Hostas Care

I Love Hostas! I think they are my favorite plant because they are soooo easy to grow and they look so beautiful in my yard. Hostas really don’t need much to make them happy and healthy, but I’m not the only one that loves my Hostas, so do the bugs :(

Every summer my Hostas start to look like Swiss cheese because the become full of holes and just sick looking, or the leaves start to turn brown, but thankfully I have a home remedy that all plants seem to Love but the bugs Hate :)

Healthy hosta



My mother-in-law gave me this home remedy a long time ago and I just can’t get over how simply it is and how Great it works. I have used this home remedy for all my plants, bushes and trees, I have even used this on my lawn and it works Great!

Healthy Hostas care supplies needed:

  • Sprayer feeder that attaches to hose
  • 1 cup of Listerine Mouthwash (original)
  • 1 cup of Epson Salt
  • 1 cup Ammonia
  • 1 cup Ajax Dish soap (lemon)

natural garden bug killer

First add the mouthwash, Epson salt and ammonia to the sprayer container, stir, then top off the container with the dish soap. Place top back onto the container and hook up to the hose.

Simply water your plants as usual. This remedy is safe enough to use on a weekly bases if you wish, I found that once a month is plenty. Any unused mix can be stored for the next use.

Not only does this home remedy kill the bugs, it also provides your plants some much need nutrients and you will quickly see a big difference in your plants, trees and bushes.

Hosta Tips:

The best time to split Hostas is in the fall, this will give the Hosta a chance to get established over the winter.

If you do split a Hostas in the spring or summer you can help it along by simply cutting the leaves down to the roots. The leaves will quickly grow back and this will help the to Hosta thrive.

Also if you cut the flower stem off as they begin to grow (I really don’t like the way the Hosta looks with this flower stem) this will also help the Hostas to thrive.

 

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Healthy Hostas
 
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Ingredients
  • Sprayer that attaches to hose
  • 1 cup of Listerine Mouthwash (original)
  • 1 cup of Epson Salt
  • 1 cup Ammonia
  • 1 cup Ajax Dish soap (lemon)
Instructions
  1. First add the mouthwash, Epson salt and ammonia to the sprayer container, stir, then top off the container with the dish soap. Place top back onto the container and hook up to the hose.
  2. Simply water your plants as usual. This remedy is safe enough to use on a weekly bases if you wish, I found that once a month is plenty. Any unused mix can be stored for the next use.
  3. Not only does this home remedy kill the bugs, it also provides your plants some much need nutrients and you will quickly see a big difference in your plants, trees and bushes.
  4. The best time to split Hostas is in the fall, this will give the Hosta a chance to get established over the winter.
  5. If you do split a Hostas in the spring or summer you can help it along by simply cutting the leaves down to the roots. The leaves will quickly grow back and this will help the to Hosta thrive.
  6. Also if you cut the flower stem off as they begin to grow (I really don’t like the way the Hosta looks with this flower stem) this will also help the Hostas to thrive.

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Comments

  1. I guess I’m lucky I don’t get invaded too badly by slugs. I’ll have to jot this recipe down in case I find I’m struggling with an infestation. I also pick hostas that often are heavily ribbed which the slugs don’t seem to like. Keeping them well watered seems to be what most of mine want.

  2. My hostas are looking kind of like you described – so I may try this remedy. You’re right about them not needed much to take care of them. Mine don’t like the sun either. Thanks for the tip. Visiting from Katherine;s Thursday blog hop
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  3. I thought maybe I was the only one who hated the hosta flowers! I cut them off as soon as I see them grow! Thanks for the tips. Love my hostas too.
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  4. Hey thanks for this – I am sending the link to my husband right now. He is the plant guy but we were just talking about how bad our hostas are looking. LOL – I say “our” hostas like I had something to do with them!

    Stacy
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  5. great tips. I grew hostas in our garden and the bugs loved them, giggle. Great tips! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday♥

  6. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday Linky Party! Julia
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  7. We have hostas and I love them. We haven’t had a bug problem with the so far, fingers crossed. But I’ll know what to use if I do. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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  8. My yard is full of hostas, so I appreciate your tips.
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  9. Thanks for the great tip! I planted Hostas a year ago and this happened. They died, so I thought, but was super excited when they came back better than ever this spring!
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  10. So helpful! And congratulations! You’re one of the features on this week’s Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
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  11. Great tips :)

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop…
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  12. Thank you for sharing at The Creative Exchange Link party! Hope to see you again next Thursday!
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  13. Thank you for sharing your Hosta tips at our party! Merry Monday Linky Party… See you next week, Julia
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  14. Absolutely love hostas!! Great in pots to bring out year after year but the ones in the ground could benifit from your suggestions. Thanks!!
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  15. Love your home remedy! I have to try that…I would love to great looking plants throughout the yard. Some areas are tougher than others. Thanks for sharing!
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  16. I love hosts! We found some growing on the rarely seen side of the house and I want to transplant them to the front yard. Thanks for the bug spray recipe. Can I also use it in my garden? Something has been eating holes in my basil.
    ~Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House
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  17. Thanks for these great tips. I love Hostas too, and will be using your homemade remedy in the future. I do have one question…what do you do about rabbits eating your Hostas?

  18. Awesome! I cannot wait to try this on my hostas, I hate when they get all eaten by bugs!
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  19. ome people think it does not make a difference to do little things like this instead of using chemicals, I disagree, thank you for this recipe. Join us for our wordless wednesday.
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  20. We’ll definitely give this a try! We have well over 100 different hostas, and the bugs here love them too. You can take a look at my hostsas here: http://www.lisalewiskoster.com/2013/06/hosta-la-vista-baby.html
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  21. I loved reading this post. We have hostas as well. I have wondered how & when to split them. Now you need to tell me how to split them this fall as I definitely want to do that! I will also be trying this bug spray. I visited from Thurs. Favorite Things & am so glad I did!!! This post was most helpful!
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  22. Great bug-repellent recipe idea!!! Thank you for linking up at Wonderful Wednesdays, your post has been featured: 12 Spring Gardening Tips. Congrats!! :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
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  23. Great tip! I hate it when my hostas get bug eaten. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah
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  24. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
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  25. Gorgeous hostas!! Great tips too!

    Stopping by from Treasure Box Tuesday. Have a great week!
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  26. Wendy your link caught my eye at the Link It Or Lump It Party. I’ve pinned your great advice for reference this summer. I have two Hostas that, like yours, end up looking like swiss cheese by the end of summer. I look forward to trying this recipe!

    • Marie, Thanks for stopping by :) You will have beautiful hostas this year if you use this. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party. Have a great week!

  27. Great idea! I will definitely be using this for my hostas. They always get eaten up and start to look so sad. Thanks for sharing on the link up party @ Delineate Your Dwelling!
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    • Rebecca, I know what you mean about the hostas getting all eaten up. Use this all summer and you will have beautiful hostas all summer. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great day!

  28. Thanks for sharing your tip. I love Hosta’s too!
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  29. I love hostas too, I will try it! Thanks.
    Kathy
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    • It works great! Thanks for stopping by :) Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party. Have a great day

  30. Thank you for this recipe. I love my Hostas…but unfortunately so do the deer in the area. I spray my hostas with deer-off regularly. I will try this recipe to make them healthier too.

    • Kathi, you can add about 1/4 cup of Cayanne pepper to the mixture & this will help with the deer :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :) Have a great weekend!!

  31. Thanks for sharing this info. I love hostas too and will be pinning this for later use!!
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    • Thanks for stopping by Bobbi :) Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party. Have a great weekend!!

  32. What a fabulous bug spray! Does it work on other outside plants as well?
    :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
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    PS This would be a fun link at my Wednesday party too!!
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  33. Thanks for linking at Share it Sunday!! And how did you know I just bought some Hostas over the weekend?! ;-) Will bbe sure to file this away for future reference! Pinning!
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    • Glad you like it Sondra :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stop by for my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party :)

  34. We just planted several Hostas, I know this will come in very handy. Thank you.
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    • Use this and you will have beautiful healthy, happy hostas :) Thanks for stopping by :) Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party. Have a great day!

  35. I have a brown thumb (and fingers) and dont’ do well with my garden so thank you for these tips. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  36. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
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  37. I’ve really been wanting to find a hardy, and hopefully hard to kill plant to spruce up my yard a little. (I have a serious black thumb, and am hopeless at growing plants and flowers). I’ll have to try planting some Hostas this year, thanks for the bug recipe, and thanks for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up. Hope you’ll join us again next week!

    April
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    • April this should take care of your black thumb lol Use this on all you plants, flowers, bushes & trees. Thanks for stopping by :) Feel free to linkup to my Friday T.G.I.F.linky party :)

  38. I love hostas! and this is a really good tip! Checking it out from sweet treats & skip the housework Saturday!
    Cathy

  39. Wow! I love my Hostas too!! Thanks so much for this tip! I’m certainly going to try it! Thanks for sharing at The Mommy Club Link Party!
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  40. Visiting from the Bloggers Digest link up! Thanks for this! We planted some hostas last spring and I’m anxious to get home to them in a couple months when we leave Japan! This will be a great resource!

    XO/Lena @ Root&Blossom
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  41. Great tips! We just bought a house last summer with lots of hostas in the front yard and I had no clue how to take care of them. Now that the weather is warming up I’ll be ready to give them the love and attention they need! Thanks :) Erika @ Yay for Handmade
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  42. Great info. We have some struggling hostas, so we’ll have to try this.

    Stopping by from anything goes linky.

  43. This is great I will give it a try what time of day is it best to use this to prevent the spray from damaging the leaves?

  44. Great remedy! Thank you for joining the Anything Goes linky party – I added this to this weeks favorite posts! Hope you come back :)
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  45. Great recipe! I am going to try this on our bushes and plants this year. Last year we had a big bug problem and I am sure they won’t mind some extra nutrients :)
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  46. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this! I have HUGE hostas, and they always look gorgeous until the middle of June, then the bugs & slugs attack. I always hesitate to use chemical sprays because we have a dog – but I’m going to have my husband try this one!
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    • Your Hostas be beautiful all summer if you treat them with this, I like to do this at least once a month. Thanks for stopping by :)

  47. I love Hostas, they are actually one of the few plants I have in my yard. Although I have one or two that get fried in the Georgia sun about halfway through summer. Maybe this article will help keep them healthy the whole season.

  48. Thank you for the tip. I just planted Hostas this week. Can I use Dawn dishwashing detergent instead of Ajax? Will any lemon detergent do?

  49. Genius! Now if I could just keep the chickens from eating them! LOL! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you, so please feel free to grab my Featured Button! Have a great week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
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    • Sorry can’t help you with the chicken :) Thanks for the feature, I’ll be sure to grab a button. Have a great week.

  50. Im so glad you linked this up to Plucky’s Second Thought! The previous owner of our home put a lot of work into a garden and I had honeysuckle, peonies, daffodils, camillas, and hostas pop over the past year and a half. Slugs terrorized the hostas terribly last year. I will certainly give this a go! Any idea if it repells stink bugs too?
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    • This works for everything, slugs, spiders, ants… The list just goes on and on. I use it on planets, bushes & trees.

  51. Thanks for your garden recipe for healthy hostas. I am going to try it when mine start growing again. Pinning on my garden board so I have the info. Thanks.
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  52. This is great information. Thank you! We have multiple beds of hostas in our yard and they could all use some attention this year. If only I can keep my boys out of them! Thanks for sharing. :)
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  53. I will definitely be trying this spray once the summer (and bugs!) come. Thanks!
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  54. Pinning this! My poor hostas take quite a beating by the bugs.
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    • This will make a huge difference, I do it a couple times in the summer for all my planets, bushes & trees. Thanks for stopping by

  55. Oh COOL! I will try this! I love hostas too – they’re fairly inexpensive and they’re so lush!!! Will pin this recipe for sure!!! I have read that listerine helps deter mosquitoes and flies too ~ so maybe this is an added bonus!

    • Thanks Julia, I never heard that about listerine but that would be a bonus! :) Feel free to linkup to my T.G.I.F. Linky Party :)

  56. Hi, I’m stopping by from Thrifty Thursday. This recipe is great, I just love how hostas look edging garden beds, so I want to get mine healthy so I can divide them and plant more. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Hostas are my favorite, I love how easy they are, this recipe and water is the only thing I do for mine. Feel free to linkup to my T.G.I.F. Linky Party :)

  57. What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!
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  58. First time visitor from Anything Goes Link Up.
    I love hostas too, but we can’t grow them in Central Florida :(
    Love the recipe . . . I’m an organic gardener and love finding new ways to dealing with the bugs!
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    • I love this recipe. It’s the only thing I use in my yard. Feel free to linkup to my T.G.I.F. Linky Party :) Thanks for stopping by :)

  59. Could you make it without ammonia? What does that do for the plants?
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    • The ammonia will help kill any bugs, but you can try doing it without. I have always had very good results with this mixture and the plants just thrive so much. I use it on all my plants & grass.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  60. Wow, great tips. Wish I knew these before we moved (we used to have a bunch of Hosta’s). I am with you. I love hosta’s. They are so beautiful, one of my favorite garden plants. Found you at inspire me wednesday.
    I am pinning this:)
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    • This recipe works on all plants and grass so maybe you can try it on other plants… Until you get more Hosta’s lol :) Thanks for stopping by

  61. Thank you so much for this! I have a bunch of hostas in my side garden and yes….they have been looking like swiss cheese half way through the season. I am definitely using this spray. A few of mine need dividing but I am so scared that I am going to kill them!
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    • AnnMarie, Your hostas will love this recipe :) Easy spring is the best time to divide hostas and don’t worry it’s really hard to kill them, that’s why I love them so much. Thanks for stopping by :)

  62. Great tips! I am just starting to think about adding some plants to my yard, but I don’t have the best track record when it comes to keeping them alive. I love the fullness and color of these so I’ll put them on my list. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!
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    • I Love Hostas because they are so easy, I just don’t like what the bugs do them but this recipe works great at getting rid of the bugs and feeding the plants so they can thrive. Thanks for stopping by :)

  63. I love hostas but here in Florida there is one variety that does pretty well in sun but doesn’t look as nice as the ones up north. I use a version of your bug spray in my garden. I just don’t put the salt in it. But the salt and vinegar together works great on weeds. Not grass.
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    • Tammy I have used this recipe on pretty much everything in my yard with great results :) The Epson salt has magnesium in it and it helps the plants grown. Thanks for stopping by :)

  64. I enjoy my hostas and they are beautiful….. last year’s drought/heat led to the faded and burned look though and I also got the holes in the leaves and that was new for me, so I will use this. Thank you. Gentle Joy
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    • The magnesium that is in the Epson salt with help with the faded & burned look, and kill the bugs that are causing the holes. Thanks for stopping by :)

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