The Q&A Archives: Marigolds & Zinnias Being Cut Off At Stems

Question: Our plants are being cut off at stems. We have found a couple of large beetles around the area the plants are in but cannot identify them. Is our problem birds or possibly these beetles? These plants are about 6" high.

Answer: I would suspect slugs more than anything else, although birds will occasionally do this as well deer and other four legged critters. Slugs work at night so all you would see is the damage and some shiny trails of slug slime on the soil. These can be trapped with beer filled saucers, hand picked at night (use a flashlight, barbecue tongs and a bucket of soapy eater to drop them into), or deterred with diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the plants or with a product called Sluggo.

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