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Bel2Bel2 Posts: 16
I really like hostas and am trying to keep them nibble free- however, despite growing them in pots with copper tape, surrounding the plants with wool pellets standing them on a paved area with no overhanging shrubs or trees they are still being accessed by slugs and snails.
Help please.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,591
    you could try nematodes. I hear they're very good. 
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,848
    Sacrificial plants might work. I put some cheap trays of French marigolds around the place, and so far they've borne most of the brunt of the molluscs.

    Shame because I like marigolds.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,175
    Swearing loudly helps ... it doesn't stop the slugs but it helps alleviate the pain of bashing your head against a brick wall 🙄

    Although to be fair, a combination of checking underneath each pot every/most evenings, and feeding the hedgehogs on the terrace right next to the group of hostas in pots also seems to help.   :D

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,108
    Agreed re the marigolds, mine are getting hammered.
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,043
    Another vote for French Marigolds - did a great job of distracting the Cyrils from my strawberries last year.
    East Lancs
  • Spraying leaves with garlic water (add a couple of crushed cloves to water and simmer, then allow to cool) does help.....
  • The damage could also be from vine weevils.
    My hostas have been decimated this year, perhaps because the leaves are a good source of moisture as everything else shrivels up in the heat.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,591
    A lot of mine look a bit poorly after the hot ( ish ) dry spell.
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