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Xyz123Xyz123 Posts: 53
Hi, does such a thing as slug resistant hostas exist? If so which varieties. I got rid of a hosta in our front garden 4 years ago (due to slug problem) and to be honest have struggled to fill that spot with something else since.. So just wondering if it's worth a second attempt with a variety which may mean less pellets and picking up dead slugs... Ta


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Xyz, I think a slug resistant hosta is the Holy Grail of the plant world. You could spot treat with a product called Slug Clear. I know it's not friendly, but it's a solution.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    Some hostas have thicker tougher leaves than others.  I find that Sum & Substance rarely gets more than a little nibble.  Hadspen's Blue also seems to be left alone - so far .............

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

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666

    Did you know NASA took some hostas in to space to experiment with the effects of 0 gravity on the enzyme Rubisco ?

    Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase--- perhaps the most important compound that exists on this planet.

    Completely sterile, multi billion dollar environment, yet they STILL FOUND SNAILS CHOMPING ON THE LEAVES!
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  • LynLyn Posts: 23,083
    I am afraid to say, but mine get a few bio friendly slug pellets, not many, You only need half a dozen.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    The coarser leaved, ribbed varieties are more resistant, and I found the same as hollie - a metal container helps. As they like shade, it's not so much of an issue with the pot getting too hot. The variegated - especially really pale ones are less robust, so perhaps getting one of the thicker leaved ones would be a better starting point.

    Some years are worse for slugs and snails than others too.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Hadspens blue is a looker.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    No hosta is slug proof. 

    I rarely use pellets, but , and I know I've said it a million times now. I scattered "suet bird treats" around them when I first moved here and now have a lot of blackbirds which rummage and find them, and eggs. I also feed hedgehogs which do their bit too and have a pond with frogs and toads .  I DON'T HAVE A CAT!!

    I get some damage, yes, I freely admit that, but , given the number I have , I can live with it.


    Xyz123, if you could cultivate such an elusive variety you would become a millionaire overnight - but dont forget to send free samples to your gardening buddies on here !

  • Xyz123Xyz123 Posts: 53
    Thanks for your replies. I knew I was maybe dreaming when I posted this question but the replies just confirmed it... Ta
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