Storm damage plant care

Asked June 12, 2017, 11:54 AM EDT

What is the best way to care for severely hail damaged perennials, such as hostas? To prune or not to prune? What about my rhubarb plants; even their stalks are shredded? Should I cut them down to the ground?

Washington County Minnesota hail damage

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Sorry about your hostas and other plants. We've been hearing about a lot of hail damage throughout the Twin Cities. Sadly, there is not much you can do. Cut off the severely shredded leaves completely. If the plant is very badly shredded, cut it back to the ground. It's early enough in the season that healthy, well-established perennials may still produce some new growth. If you haven't fertilized this spring, do so now to help hostas along. In any case, your hosta will likely survive just fine, though this year's foliage may not be very good. Here is a link to an article on hail damage: http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/YGLNews/YGLN-July1500.html#hail