The Q&A Archives: Asiatic lilies

Question: We have had beautiful lilies for 8 to 9 years. However, this year, something has eaten them buds and all down to stubs. Could it be rabbits? What are the chances they will come back next year?

Answer: Sounds like a garden critter of sorts. Placing a temporary cage over the soil should keep rabbits, squirrels and raccoons away. I'd make cylinders of chicken wire to put over the potential lilies. Bury it 6" into the ground and about 2' tall. Fold over the top of the wire to close it off. You can remove the cages when the plants grow to the top of the wire. By then the munching critters will have gone elsewhere to feed. I hope your lilies resprout for you!

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