The Q&A Archives: My Lilies

Question: I moved last year and brought my Lily bulbs with me. Something is nibbling on the leaves and the forming flower pods (?). Any Idea what it could be? I can't see any insects and I never had this problem at my other house.

Answer: Without more detail, it's impossible to say, and there are many possibilities. Does the foliage look ragged, like a larger creature with teeth (rabbits, deer, rodents) is nibbling? Small marks, like caterpillar or cutworms? You might ask neighbors about possible culprits in the area to narrow your choices, put chicken wire around them (if nibbling continues, it's an insect that can get through the holes), sprinkle powder to look at tracks, etc. Good luck!

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