The Q&A Archives: Rabbitt Damage

Question: I planted two Monrovia plants in my perennial garden about three weeks ago. I forget the variety; they look like pink daisies on long green stem. The rabbits ate all the flowers and chewed the plant down to a 4-6 inch stub. I sprayed the plants with a deterrent and fed them Miracle-Gro but I am wondering if I sould remove the plants from the ground and put them in containers to nurse them back to health or keep them in the ground and hope for the best?

Answer: I think because your plants are perennials they should have enough energy reserve in the roots to regrow tops. At this point I wouldn't move them to containers - they're already stressed and moving them might be additional stress, which could really set their growth back. Instead, try encircling them with wire fencing (chicken wire works well) until they recover. This will keep the bunnies from feeding on them while they recover. Best wishes with your garden!

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