The Best homemade solution for Hostas Care

 hostas care

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to think about hostas care. Put this homemade mixture on any plant, bush or grass and it will thrive!

I Love Hostas! I think they are my favorite plant because they are soooo easy to grow and they look so beautiful in my yard. Hostas really don’t need much to make them look and I’m not the only one that loves my Hostas, so do the bugs : (

Every year about this time my Hostas start to look like Swiss cheese because the become full of holes and just sick looking, or the leaves start to turn brown, but thankfully I have a home remedy that all plants seem to Love but the bugs Hate : )

My mother-in-law gave me this home remedy a long time ago and I just can’t get over how simply it is and how Great it works. I have used this home remedy for all my plants, bushes and trees, I have even used this on my lawn and it works Great!


Supplies needed:

Sprayer that attaches to hose

1 cup of Listerine Mouthwash (original)

1 cup of Epson Salt

1 cup Ammonia

1 cup Ajax Dish soap (lemon)


First add the mouthwash, Epson salt and ammonia to the sprayer container, stir, then top off the container with the dish soap, Don’t Stir. Place top back onto the container and hook up to the hose.

Simply water your plants as usual. This remedy is safe enough to use on a weekly bases if you wish, I found that once a month is plenty. Any unused mix can be stored for the next use.

Not only does this home remedy kill the bugs, it also provides your plants some much need nutrients and you will quickly see a big difference in your plants, trees and bushes.

Hosta Tips:

The best time to split Hostas is in the fall.

If you do split a Hostas in the spring or summer you can help it along by simply cutting the leaves down to the roots. The leaves will quickly grow back and this will help the to Hosta thrive.

Also if you cut the flower stem off as they begin to grow (I really don’t like the way the Hosta looks with this flower stem) this will also help the Hostas to thrive.

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  1. Brenda L. says:

    One full cup of dish detergent? Seems excessive. Is this correct?

  2. Maggie says:

    I can’t figure out what kind of sprayer you are using that holds this much and hooks to the hose. Can you please send me a link to a sprayer? Thank you so much.

  3. Can this solution be used, scaled down of course, in a household spray bottle? I don’t have access to one that attaches to a hose. Also, there is another solution using Epson salts & water, I think that kills weeds. I am assuming the solution is a lot stronger, but I am concerned that the Epsom salts would damage my hostas

  4. M Schaefer says:

    What sprayer do you use? When I tried this using my sprayer (the kind for miracle grow) it kept plugging up from the Epson salt

  5. Lyn Matthews says:

    Has anyone made this bug spray using any other dish soap than Ajax (lemon) as it is not available in Canada and I wanted to try making it.

  6. Sharon Lambert says:

    Is there a certain setting on the sprayer that needs to be used? Also, could this be used in a pump sprayer mixed with water?

    • There are no settings on the sprayer I use. Just fill and go. Thanks for stopping by

  7. Jill S says:

    If you do the have a hose sprayer, what would be the ratio to mix with water in a watering can? Thanks!

    • Depending on the size of your watering can you could try a 2 tablespoons of each to say 1 gallon of water. I have always used the sprayer

  8. Maxine says:

    So…,will this work on any plant? And does one just spray the woke plant….leaves and all?

    • I have used this on all my plants. I like to use it once a month. Thanks for stopping by

  9. Thanks for sharing this tip with us at Merry Monday!

  10. Thanks for posting this tip, I’m going to try it – my hostas always look terrible by the end of the season. Found you on the Create Link Inspire party.


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