Bulbs forum: Do critters eat alliums?

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OH (Zone 5a)
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Pandora
Nov 6, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Some websites say yes some say no.

I'm having problems with one flower bed. Chipmunks have become frequent visitors. Over winter I think chippies and/or mice using their tunnels ate all my lily bulbs.

This summer I used repellents but still have a couple chipmunks. I was given a couple Alliums Globemaster and since they are so expensive built cages that are below and above ground with tops to remove in Spring.

Do you think critters would have eaten these?
Thx
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 7, 2015 1:12 PM CST
Typically Alliums aren't bothered by rodents or anything eating them. Some large alliums may not return as well as others, but I think more often than not that is because of the bulb rotting rather than being eaten.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
OH (Zone 5a)
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Pandora
Nov 7, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Thanks Neal. Guess I'm just edgey since all my lily bulbs were eaten over 2 winters. Seems I did extra work, but hopefully I will enjoy them next year and can do some experimenting with smaller less expensive alliums.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Nov 7, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Lilies are notorious for being tasty to critters, tulips too. Some folks plant small varieties of daffodils around lilies and tulips to discourage rodents.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
OH (Zone 5a)
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Pandora
Nov 8, 2015 6:13 PM CST
I was just thinking about planting alliums and daffodils around and between lilies.

Good idea. Thanks.

This is a cage I built this year for lilies. 20x15x12H. Dug hole 10", 2" amended soil for roots, put cage , a little dirt, lilies, covered 8" soil. The top is 3-4" above ground, removable top when I see green shoots.

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