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Hostas , astilbe and vine weevil

JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
Hi everyone, I have just lost a beautiful hechera to vine weevil (top just lifted clean off!), and it was in the same pot as one of my  Hostas and an astilbe …… am I likely to loose those too, I don’t know if they make a tasty snack or not for the evil weevils.

so far as a precaution I have taken away a maximum of the soil as I can from around the remaining plants but don’t know whether it’s even worth trying to keep the others.

thanks for your suggestions.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,587
    Some of my hostas in pots have had VW attacks, but have survived. 
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,829
    Certainly v.w. love all three you mention. When that has happened to me I managed to use the pieces as cuttings and ended up with a fair number of new plants. If possible I would lift the Hostas and the Astilbe and washed the roots (the ones left) clean before repotting in fresh compost.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
    Oh thanks @Hostafan1 I thought you may have experience with this, I’ll give them a chance then, just pop some nice new compost in and around and keep my fingers crossed. It was such a beautiful display I’m really peeved to have lost the hechera as it was a beautiful bronze colour 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,866
    Heucheras are very easy to grow as cuttings,  they don’t need a bit of root, just a stem poked in a small pot of compost,  push in right up to the leaves, and left out somewhere sheltered.   They root very quickly. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 724
    Thanks Lyn just had a look and split a few of the better bits from the main plant. Potted them so perhaps all is not lost after all. 😃 
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