The Q&A Archives: Flowers To Repel Rabbits

Question: I have an annual bed that I prefer not to fence off, and have had trouble with rabbits eating the flowers. I noticed they didn't bother the daffodils, but ate all of the petunias. Are there other annuals you could recommend that rabbits don't like? I am in zone 4, and there is only partial sunlight available in this bed.

Answer: Unfortunately I don't have a list of rabbit-proof plants for partial sun; they seem to eat just about whatever is available at my house. A fence is usually the most reliable defense -- use chicken wire, 2 feet high and buried about 6 inches deep. A pet dog or cat can be a good deterrent, too.

Some gardeners report success using some of the commercially available repellent sprays applied and reapplied according to the label directions. You can also try some of the home remedies such as cayenne pepper mixed with garlic and sprayed around the lawn or blood meal or dog or cat hair sprinkled on and between the plants. You can even try to scare them by burying empty soda pop bottles with the tops poking up a few inches above the ground (they whistle in the wind).

Using a combination of things and changing them often may work, but the only real guarantee is a fence. Good luck with your flowers!

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