Hail damage to my hosta garden,alpine climate zone 3 to 5 climate recently....

Asked August 31, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

Hail damage to my hosta garden,alpine climate zone 3 to 5 climate recently. Should I cut most of the shredded leave off, even if its to most of the plant? No hard freezes yet. thank you.

El Dorado County California

1 Response

I'd say it depends upon how much of the plant is damaged. If not that much is damaged, you can get away with trimmin off damaged leaves - the plan uses photosynthetic products to store up energy which it will use over the winter and in the spring for recrudescence - so the more leaves it can retain, the ahppier it will be , however if the leaves are extensively damaged, the plant will spend energy to attempt repairs and they should be removed - its a judgement call based on the extend of damage - without pictures, it would have to be your call as to whether the leaves are doing mor harm than good at this point.