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Question from Ishbel

In forum: Hosta 'Fire and Ice'

are there any hostas that like alkaline soil?

  • Posted: Sun. 17th March 2013 18:55

Re: Slugs and snails

Message from Diana Grant

In forum: Container gardening

I have not been successful with copper - I put it round my hosta tub, and the hostas were still decimated. Slug pellets, especially metaldehyde-based ones, do work, but are expensive, and I do worry about pets and wildlife. I believe that hedgehogs eat slugs, and I think birds do, so encouraging a bit of wildlife would help. But I don't get any hedgehogs, and few birds, as I try to discourage them because everyone in our neighbourhood has a cat.
I have found slug pots fairly successful, if you put beer in them - they are attracted by the smell and then climb in and die blissfully. Again this is not particularly cheap.
This leaves my tried and tested method - collecting them with a trowel at dawn or dusk, especially when it has been raining, putting them in a plastic container containing a little water, and sprinkling them with salt. It's rather disgusting, but it certainly works. On a bad day I have collected as many as 100 at a time early this year. My aim is always to clear the garden before they have a chance to multiply, and that seems to have worked.
I have even written a webpage: http://www.squidoo.com/war-on-slugs, and another called http://www.squidoo.com/gardening-disasters

  • Posted: Sat. 3rd November 2012 20:28

Re: List of plants for cuttings

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: General

I've been in the same position as yourself - a couple of years back and from experience (not much) - it is very much trial and error!!
Personally, I found that practice is so much better than theory. Whilst there are detailed instructions on here and on many other other webs site - nothing works better than learning through your mistakes.
I found that dividing herbaceous perennial was a good starting point. There are so many 'indestructible' plants which you can begin with.
As my gardening experience as grown so has my confidence - therefore I am less 'afraid' of loosing plants.
A few plants in my garden I began with were Hemerocallis (Daylily), Hosta, Primula and Brunnera.
I have had pretty much identical success and failure rates of taking cuttings from shrubs. Propogation times for shrubs vary between softwood and hardwood cuttings - you would need to identify which you have. I just make sure that I use a non flowering stem. It's not so easy to loose a shrub as all you are doing in snipping of the tips of stems and the parent plant isn't affected.
I'm sorry that this isn't the more comprehensive answer you were looking for but I thought that hearing from an almost beginner - it might help you a wee bit.

  • Posted: Thu. 11th October 2012 17:00

Re: Slugs have devoured my hostas

Message from Fannie Leigh

In forum: Slugs

An old gardener I met on a stall at a garden fair had the answer. Put slug pellets down on Valentine'd Day. Then you catch them out of the egg so to speak. This year was exceptionally bad because of the rain. Personally, I go out after dark with a torch and hand pick them off. 2985 so far this year - but the Hostas are looking good!

  • Posted: Sat. 6th October 2012 17:38

Re: Plants toxic to dogs

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Lilium 'Triumphator'

Hi, Katrine,
There are any number of plants that can be potentially to dogs, but the worst offenders are:
Autumn crocus, azaleas, kalanchoe, cyclamen, lilies, oleander, lily of the valley, sago palm, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, apple trees, cherry trees, asparagus fern, privet, red maple trees, hosta, castor bean, yew, ivy, and dieffenbachia (an indoor plant)
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 6th September 2012 17:28

Re: Slugs and snails

Message from Liz Macaulay

In forum: Container gardening

Try copper adhesive tape round the sides of your pots. I have done this with my tubs of hostas and as long as there are no 'bridges' from nearby plants it works very well, and lasts a long time, so is cheaper than nematodes.
Round susceptible plants in the ground I use ferric or aluminium phosphate pellets which are not poisonous to other creatures and break down in the soil . harmlessly. They are approved for organic use. I don't know where the dead slugs and snails go but they disappear unlike the revolting fizzy corpses left by pellets containing metaldehyde.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th June 2012 09:42

Re: Slugs and snails

Message from Frank van den Bos

In forum: Container gardening


I have put a small fence of double layered chicken wire around my Hosta and it helped.


  • Posted: Sun. 17th June 2012 09:07

Re: North facing fence cover help please

Message from Angela Neal

In forum: Garden design

I have almost an exact replica of this bare bed sitting in my new garden too.

I am planning to try rhodedendron, hostas, dogwood and ferns.

Bleeding Heart and Hellebores should also do well. I already have some of these in other lightly shaded parts of the garden.

If the plants don't do well my Plan B is to try training a Vinca Minor down around a chicken wire planter shaped into a cone. You probably won't want to try this is you are avoiding trailing plants.

  • Posted: Thu. 7th June 2012 12:25

Re: snails, slugs and hosta's

Message from Anne-Marie Walker

In forum: Snails

I recently discovered ground coffee with crushed up egg shells works perfectly.

  • Posted: Fri. 1st June 2012 20:21

Re: Planting in Container

Message from Angela Neal

In forum: Container gardening

Pansies, violas, allysum, forget me nots and antirhums are my stock standard space fillers. They are fast growing, colourful and tend to do well in just about any situation.

You could also put a Hosta in there for some height and then put smaller plants around it.

  • Posted: Sat. 7th April 2012 10:10

Re: Propogating Painters Pallete (Persicaria virginiana)

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'

Hi Dave
If this were my plant I would be leaving it until spring. It is getting a wee bit colder - and the winter forecast is not good!!
Hostas are very easy to divide and should also be left until springtime.
Hope this helps. Angie

  • Posted: Thu. 13th October 2011 16:56

Re: Re: dry shade

Message from Barry Tabor

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Might I add Jacobs ladder, some ferns, winter aconites, Leucojum, bleubells, hostas, Pyracantha, Cydonia and some Hydrangeas to your very good list, Catherine?

  • Posted: Tue. 9th August 2011 10:32

Re: Moving peony

Message from Barry Tabor

In forum: Ornamental plants

Hello, Kathy,
Everybody's experiences seems to be different regarding transplanting Peonies, but I have to agree with you. In my own case, most transplanted peonies flower in the same or next year, very few if any have died, and they proliferate like weeds. They have thrived in pots, in quite deep shade and in dry, sunny places. I tend to treat them no more carefully than Hostas these days, and they spread just as quickly. Ther are a number of popular plants that regularly disregard 'the rule book,' and I applaud them for their renegade spirits.

  • Posted: Mon. 8th August 2011 10:11

Re: Re: Re: Slugs have devoured my hostas

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Slugs

If I may add my shillings worth....is there a spot nearby you could leave the foliage you cut off? Slugs are quite lazy and as well as liking new young shoots they also enjoy the rotting ones. I tried this earlier in the year and found it worked. It didnt wOrk miracles but on checking under the rotting leaves over a few weeks I found quite a few slugs.
Another word of warning don't use too many slug pellets at once because they attract the slugs. This is how the pellets work.

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 23:18

Re: Re: Slugs have devoured my hostas

Message from Isabel Zinaburg

In forum: Slugs

Thanks so much for the reply.

Yes - I know you're absolutely right about future prevention...I'm afraid it was just total inexperience on my part. This my first summer gardening and I had no idea of what a threat slugs posed to Hostas! I have now bought slug pellets, and am reapplying regularly.

It's good to know that I can prune back the unsightly shredded leave though.

Thank you!

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 21:08

Re: Slugs have devoured my hostas

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: Slugs

you can prune out the damaged leaves, but you must also address the question of controlling slugs at the same time - otherwise your brand new leaves will get nobbled as well.

If your hosta is in a pot, you can stick copper tape around the outside rim of the pot - this will stop the slugs and snails crossing the 'line'. However if you are going to do this, look carefully at the undersides of the leaves (or what remains of them) as there could be the odd snail hiding there, and he/she will not be put off by the copper tape.

If the plant is in the ground then I would sprinkle slug pellets around it and be prepared to renew these every 7 days or so, especially if we have had heavy rain.

I hope that this helps.

Auntie Planty
twitter @THEauntieplanty

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 18:40

Slugs have devoured my hostas

Question from Isabel Zinaburg

In forum: Slugs

My hostas have been decimated by slugs. One or two are already growing new leaves - can I cut the eaten laves back to aloow the new ones more room to grow? The eaten ones look awful.

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 13:47

Re: Passion Flower ATTACKED

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Earwigs

HI, Dawn,
Yes, earwigs eat slugs and aphids, but they also eat plants like hostas and, as you have seen, flower buds. I caught them in my Kniphofia buds last month...grr. First, clean up any damp, dark debris that earwigs like to use as a hiding place. Then, this organic method of control described here on Shoot is perfect for trapping them. You could also use a shallow tin/aluminium can with cooking oil in the bottom. Check these 'traps' in the morning and shake any live insects into a pail/container of soapy water to finish them off. Alternatively, you can use an insecticide.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 18th July 2011 20:53

Re: Moving plants

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Hosta 'Frosted Jade'

Hi Gillian
There is a risk involved in moving any plant, so first of all, you have to decided which you would least like to loose should a move prove fatal to either of your plants. I know nothing about moving your Sorbaria, but have moved hostas many times, with success everytime!
If these were my plants, I would be moving the Hosta. Your Sorbaria is classed as a shrub and your hosta is a perennial. Its easier to move perennials than shrubs.
I moved 3 hostas last week and they are all doing well.
When you lift your Hosta, try to dig us as much soil around the roots as you possible can. This will minimise root disturbance. Use a fork rather than a spade to help loosen the plant.
Make sure you dig the receiving hole larger than the rootball. Give the hole a water and and mix some fish blood and bone if you have it in with the soil to go back in the hole.
Put your plant in and back fill, making sure you firm it in. Give another water. Keep watered over the next few weeks.
Remember your plant has been insitu for 2 years and the root system will be quite big.
If I can add at this point, I am not a professional or expert and am only giving this advice because I have experience in doing this.
Hope this helps, please let me know how you get on. Angie.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th July 2011 17:34

Moving plants

Question from Gillian Dow

In forum: Hosta 'Frosted Jade'

I have a hosta (approx 2 yrs old), which is being crowded out by a Sem Sorbaria. which plant would it be better to move to a new location in the garden? And how to do that?
Thank you.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th July 2011 13:06