Common Problems With Hostas
Hosta Diseases: Symptoms & Causes
How To Cure Fungus On Your Hostas?
How To Treat Hosta Scorch?
What Are Some Other Names For Hosta Disease?
The following are some common problems with hosts. They include the symptoms, causes and treatments. You may have other problems too. If so, they will not be listed here because they do not affect your health or well being.
1) The first symptom of hosta disease is the appearance of white spots on the skin and sometimes even inside the mouth (the spots look like little flecks).
These spots are called “flecks”. They appear suddenly and disappear quickly. Sometimes the spots come in clusters of several small ones.
The spots usually last only a few days but they can last up to two weeks.
2) The second symptom is that the affected area becomes dry and cracked.
This cracks become larger over time until they completely break off from the skin surface leaving a hole in it which looks like a wart. These holes can even become infected with other disease causing bacteria. This is obviously a very bad thing.
3) The third symptom is the appearance of tiny white circular objects growing on the skin.
They are very small and are called “cauliflowers”. These are mostly seen on the arms and legs but they can appear anywhere on the body. They grow fast but they disappear just as fast.
New ones appear within a few days after the old ones disappear.
4) The fourth symptom is the appearance of tiny “cauliflowers” and “flecks” on the cornea.
This is a condition known as hosta cornea. The cornea is the clear covering over the eye. When these spots appear you must get treatment immediately because it can lead to blindness if left untreated for too long.
What are some other names for hosta disease?
The hosta disease has several other names, including:
o”Flowering of the hands and face”
How to treat fungus on hostas?
The first way to treat fungus on hostas is with a “recipe”. This is a series of steps which, when followed in order, will eliminate the fungus from your body. The steps must be followed exactly or the fungus WILL come back.
oStart by buying the following items:
§ A gallon of apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
§ A gallon of well water
§ A package of raw organic honey (this is available at most health food stores or online)
§ A box of baking soda
oYou will also need a piece of cardboard, a pair of old jeans cut into strips and an old shirt.
oSo, here are the directions:
1) Take the cut up jeans and shirt and lay them out flat on the floor next to each other so they form a + sign.
Place the cardboard in the middle of the + sign.
2) Put three table spoons of baking soda in a sauce pan (a “sauce pan” is a very large one that you can only use for this purpose).
Add 2.5 liters of the well water to the sauce pan and heat it until all the baking soda has dissolved (it will get very hot so be careful).
3) Pour the mixture on the cardboard in the middle of the + sign.
4) Take two cups of organic honey and add it to 2.
5 liters of apple cider vinegar and heat it until all the honey has dissolved (it will get very hot so be careful).
5) Once the honey and vinegar mixture is hot enough, slowly pour it into the middle of the + sign so that it soaks into the cardboard.
The baking soda should react with the mixture and fizz a lot.
6) Cover your face, arms and legs (or other infected area) with this fizzing mixture at least twice a day (more if your skin is infected).
Make sure that the entire area is covered.
7) After 20 minutes, take the cut up old shirt and dip it into the mixture.
Wring out the extra liquid and place it on the infected area for about 5 minutes. This part can be quite painful but stick with it because this is actually the best way to treat the fungus.
8) After 5 minutes, remove the cloth and wipe away the excess liquid that has soaked into the skin.
9) Now wash the mixture off your skin with cold water.
This will remove the burnt skin cells and other impurities.
10) Now you can finally get to the treating of the fungus itself. Get the gallon of apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it (it will be a thick layer at the bottom of the jug) and soak the cloth in this. Place it on the infected area for 5 minutes.
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