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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jun 23, 2016 9:04 PM CST
I generally plant in wire baskets if I don't know the gopher resistance of a plant, but I've got about 30 young asclepias speciosa to set out and really hate to have to make 30 baskets...anyone had experiences with gophers eating asclepias? Or NOT eating asclepias?

TIA.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jun 25, 2016 9:08 AM CST
Hi Sherry,
I'm not sure if you mean gophers to be what we call here -"groundhogs" -the big burly fur balls that chew down anything in sight...I've had a bit of trouble with groundhogs which is an understatement. That little stinker ate a lot of nice plants last year and sadly enough chewed the asclepias incarnata like it was a blade of grass. Not sure if they do the same in your part of the country.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jun 25, 2016 9:16 AM CST
hahaha....no, thankfully no groundhogs....that's something I've not had to deal with yet. Out here we have Pocket Gophers and at least I can plant in wire to protect from them. I'm hoping that groundhogs liking them does not mean gophers will also....this is a new area for me and apparently, if I'm unlucky enough, I might also expect Mountain Beavers, or as they're sometimes called, 'Boomers'.

I truly IS "always something", isn't it?

Thanks for the info....

Sherry
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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