If you have been following my Facebook page, Twitter, or blog this week you know that Wednesday we were hit with a very large hail storm. I wasn't home at the time, and when I returned an hour after the storm had passed I still had 2" hail stones all over my yard. Many of my hostas were shredded, like the one below. This one is in a very protected area, but because of straight-line winds the hail, leaves, and branches damaged it.
So what do you do with hostas that are hail damaged? The first thing is to keep them watered well. Because of their lack of leaves, they are more apt to dry out. Hostas are usually building up their energy this year for their leaves next season. So it's important to keep them healthy even if they don't look their best. Next, what to do with the leaves? If it's earlier in the season, you can pretty much remove all of the damaged leaves and a new flush of leaves will reappear. Later in the season it's better to keep the damaged leaves on the plant. You could remove a couple really badly damaged leaves, but make sure to keep enough leaves on to feed the roots. Next year your hostas will come back, hopefully bigger and better.
Planter before hail
Planter after hail