Asked on Apr 29, 2017

Something keeps eating bulbs we plant! Help!

Janet PizaroMelissaElaine


9 answers
  • Laura
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Chipmunks get mine. They're too cute to exterminate.
  • Kathy Bitzan
    on Apr 29, 2017

    LOl, mine too. I noticed I was down to one tulip this year from 12 when I first planted them. I personally think the squirrels are carrying them away. But will be watching for more answers.
  • Anapearl
    on Apr 29, 2017

    You may have voles. There are several ways to discourage them, but then you risk sending them to your neighbor's yard; not so good. If you can find the opening where they exit their just-under-the-ground tunnels, you can set a mousetrap there, cover the mousetrap with an inverted flowerpot, and put a brick on the flowerpot (to keep neighborhood pets out). You can also just put poison down the hole (available at farm/home/garden stores). Voles have multiple litters per year, and they are sexually mature when they are about 16 days old, so it's not easy getting rid of them. We used the mousetrap/flowerpot method for 3 years before eradicating them all...
  • Trish64012
    on Apr 29, 2017

    The squirrels here will eat flower bulbs. They are particularly fond of red Tulip bulbs....I have had yellow Tulips last forever.
  • Susan Abdelsalam
    on Apr 29, 2017

    It is more likely the squirrels when you plant bulbs you need to cover them with some chicken wire or other small mesh wire and the squirrels can't get to them. you will put the wire under the soil.
  • Landsharkinnc
    on Apr 29, 2017

    You can plant in bulb boxes...instructions on you tube or other search links...easy to build, last for years
  • Elaine
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Even though I've visited Texas, I'm not familiar with the "critters" you have but up here in southern Ontario, we're usually coping with squirrels - they especially love tulip bulbs. However, they DO dislike daffodils so I no longer fight a losing battle by buying tulip bulbs! They have now moved on to someone else's tastier garden. 😊
  • Melissa
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Probably a deer or raccoon or possum. Or a squirrel or chipmunk. Wrap the bulb in chicken wire before planting; I bet they don't like to eat that.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Could be voles.squirrels etc. Make a spray with hot pepper and garlic,apply blood meal,spray castor oil.
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