How to Save a Damaged Hosta Plant


A large, full-bodied hosta--or a cluster of them--can fill in shaded areas of your garden, line shady walkways or provide a base to your shade trees. Coming in many colors, leaf sizes and variations, a hosta is a steady growing plant that is easy to grow and maintain. Take quick action as soon as you notice damage from pests or disease to keep your hostas thriving.

Step 1

Clear away any damaged leaves by gently tugging away the yellow or brown leaves or clipping them off as close to the base as possible.

Step 2

Place any removed leaves in a garbage bag to dispose of them. Only put discarded leaves in a compost bin if you are certain your damage is from insects or other animals and not from disease, fungus or bacteria.

Step 3

Apply any fungicide or insecticide to the remainder of the plant as needed following the dosage and application method given on the label.

Step 4

Monitor your hosta as it recovers from the damage. Water your plant if your area is receiving little rain.

Step 5

Dig up severely damaged hostas and plant them in a pot or container to isolate them from the rest of the garden. Nurse the plants back to health through watering, fertilizer and mulch when needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Hand pruners
  • Garbage or plastic bag
  • Fungicide
  • Insecticide
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Container
  • Potting soil


  • The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas; Diana Grenfell, Michael Shadrack; 2004
  • The Hosta Book; Paul Aden; 2003
Keywords: damaged hostas, hosta plants, damage from pests or disease

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