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Problem Plant, Identification & Preventing regrowth

I moved into this house in the Winter and this persistent plant grows back every summer.  Problem is it’s causing a lot of damp to my house, and I’m having frequent insect problems in my home.  

I am am not a gardener, and I have no idea what these things are.   I’m really looking for someone who might be able to offer identification and advice on how to remove and prevent regrowth.   The rotting plant from the winter seems to just lie there and the new grows on top of it.    I have tried all kinds of weed killers and plant killers and this thing just keeps coming back.

It looks like manual removal will needed. 
The roots feel deep.



  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    It's a hosta
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,638
    They are fine looking hostas - much admired and loved by many - but not growing in the best place.   They will not be responsible for hordes of insects tho.

    I suggest you then offer them to a neighbour or gardening friend or maybe put them on freecycle and let someone who wants them come and dig them out and take them away.

    If you water them well by giving them 5 to 10 litres of water slowly so it soaks in around their roots you should be able to dig out the entire plant and root system an hour later.  Not difficult at all.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    Lots of people would love those two Hostas, please try giving them away, such a shame to destroy them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I am a little concerned as I’m reading that if there are any foliage or roots left it will regrow.   I appreciate that many people love this plant but it is not in an ideal location.   Although the plant itself won’t be responsible for insects the huge amount of leaves (recently chopped) probably gave them shade and shelter.  (Then again I’m not a gardener.) I am having problems with wood lice (not enough to be considered an infestation or a horde) but they are pretty annoying.  

    There is is an air vent pretty low to the ground and I theorized the were climbing in from there and the leaves were helping them climb.  

    Any help is greatly appreciated.  I have so little knowledge I thought they were rubharb plants (please forgive my ignorance) because of the long green shoots attached to the leaves and the onion shaped bulbs at the bottom.  
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,638
    It's a plant that's easy to lift, easy to divide and easy to make more.   I have recently dug up all mine to move them back into pots because their new home in this new garden turned out to be too dry for them.   They are not deep rooted and will come up easily with an ordinary garden fork or spade, especially if watered before hand to loosen them.

    Please do find someone to give them a good home and then look further into your damp and woodlice problems.  I doubt very much that the hostas are the cause.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I have followed your advice and advertised the plants for free for anyone who would like them.   I hope that easies your minds a little that they will find a new home.

    I would like to thank everyone for all your help.

    Thank you so much.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,638
    Good.  Thank you for being receptive to our advice.  I hope they find a new home.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    edited July 2018
    Woodlice feed on dead and decaying plants; that's their job.  They are an important part of the natural cycle; growing plants take up nutrients from the soil, and when they die, woodlice and numerous other critters eat them and poop them out, thus returning the nutrients to the soil to feed next year's plants.  Clear away the foliage when it dies down and the woodlice will go elsewhere.  I'm rather fond of them: they are humble little beasts that are content to live in dank, dark corners and eat leftovers; they don't bite or sting or spread disease, and do no damage to growing plants.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,248
    I see two Hostas. They will not be causing damp. If the soil level is above the damp course for your  house, that is what is causing damp.  If you have a lot of woodlice, look for rotting wood.
  • The plant took up the whole row of soil in front of the house and was grown half way over the path.   It was pretty big.  
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