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Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

I was looking up slug resistant plants on the internet and hosta Bressingham blue came up a few times amongst others.

Surely this is too good to be true?

Does anyone have a Bressingham blue and if so do you find it slug resistant?

I hope I haven't posted this twice, the first post seemed to disappear into the aether.





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,867

    I've not grown Hosta Bressingham Blue, but I do have  H. Hadspens Blue which the slugs seem to leave fairly well alone. 

    Some hostas have tougher more 'corrugated' leaves and these are the ones that they seem to ignore.  They also seems to leave H. Sum and Substance alone fairly well too.

    I'm sure Hostafan and others who grow more hostas than I do will be along soon and have more to say.


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

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710

    Dove has , as ever , hit it on the head.

    Feel the foliage, if it's tough and corrugated, the slugs are LESS attracted to it. If it's the only one you grow, they'll have a go, but if it's among others, it'll be left until last.

    Blackbirds and hedgehogs are your best friends in the garden.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,867
    Verdun wrote (see)

    ...  Slightly early walk to the beach across sandy dunes revealed a profileration of slugs and snails.  This mild winter perhaps has encouraged breeding???

    I think that's very likely Verdun image

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

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Urghhh slugs are the bane of my life image There seem to be super slugs here that even eat the house plants! I found one on the indoor geranium!!

    I suspect it came in on one of the cats.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,818

    I once bought a whole load of hostas from a specialist - Diana Grenfell - who had one listed as slug resistant and called Invincible.   In my garden it was a slug magnet and its descendants by division now live in pots.

    I find the best resistance comes from regular, light applications of wildlife friendly slug pellets starting in mid to late Feb depending on the weather and temps.   If I forget they get munched but I manage to grow great looking hostas in beds and pots in several parts of my garden.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Copper tape around the tops of pots containing hostas works well - I nearly gave up my hosta collection as they were net curtains a few weeks after shooting - now they stay good very much longer.  The thick blue ones are left alone till all the softer ones are eaten, then they will have a go at those as well.  There is, as yet, not a truly slug proof hosta, just some they like less.  We never grow hostas in the ground - just a death sentence here, so all our collection is in pots.  Overall, they do well. 

  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241



    I had Bress Blue hosta it was not blue and not snail resistant,I dumped it as it was not very pretty


    Snails are a bigger problem than slugs with me, one season they seem to attack one or two varieties then the next they don't really bother with any!

    Lobelia cardinallis is more of a favourite with them,it is usually decimated, so I use it as a sacrificial lamb covered with lots of good old chemical slug pellets, which help to keep them in check!


  • To be honest I am dreading the new season with regard to slugs and snails..

    Last year I went right up to July with my Hostas all in pots left uneaten although I

    did have to check a lot.then it all went I dispatched dozens of the little

    blighters twice as many came,The only ones to really survive were the thick

    leaved blues.I don't really like Slug Pellets but may consider a few this year.
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