Damage to Hostas

Asked May 16, 2016, 10:28 AM EDT

We have deer damage to several varieties to large hostas. These mainly are ones that would be 2-3 feet high. They have been eaten to 6-12 inch stubbles. Is there anything that can be done to get them to re-grow this season? Or are they a lost cause this season? Should they just be left alone or cut down to the ground? Thanks,

Cecil County Maryland

1 Response

Hosta are deer candy and you may be battling the deer constantly. Your plants may show some recovery only if you can protect them from deer damage. Protect with repellents or deer netting. Repellents wear away in the elements and will have to be reapplied. Trim off any ragged growth and Keep them well watered during dry periods.

Or You may want to think about replacing with a groundcover the deer do not like to eat. See our publication http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/FS655.pd...