Lilies forum: Squirrels eating lily buds?

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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Nov 26, 2011 7:25 PM CST
On another forum, a participant complained that he has squirrels that pull over (his words) his lilies, sometimes breaking the stems, to eat the lily buds.

Anyone heard of or experienced this?
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Moby
Nov 26, 2011 10:40 PM CST
Nope, my experience is that it's rabbits gnawing on the stem until it becomes weak and falls over.
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Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
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gwhizz
Nov 27, 2011 3:10 AM CST
No- possums and rats,-yes,.,.i can sympethise
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Nov 27, 2011 4:38 AM CST
I have not seen squirrils eat lilies like that but I have seen them eat tulip buds.
I think the rabbit theory is closer to possible.
Name: Michael Norberry
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mnorberry
Nov 27, 2011 5:21 PM CST
I raise you a family of skunks and a possum.

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Moby
Nov 27, 2011 7:21 PM CST
Ugg, we've had to resort to trapping possums too, but at least we don't have skunks. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Nov 27, 2011 7:35 PM CST
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Nov 27, 2011 7:42 PM CST
Gosh, Rick, I don't see it. We have tons and tons of squirrels and no damage to the lily buds.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Nov 27, 2011 7:56 PM CST
I kinda figured as much. Squirrels just don't eat vegetation here either. This is not the most incredulous claim that this particular gentleman has made, but there has been some real doozies.
Name: Corey
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Ispahan
Nov 28, 2011 9:29 AM CST
I have never had lilies growing above ground yet, so take this with a grain of salt, but I do have *lots* of experience with squirrels in my urban area. They are by far one of the most persistent and destructive pests I have ever seen. I can easily imagine squirrels climbing/jumping up the lily stems to get to the buds, with the subsequent weight of the squirrel bending the lily stems and possibly even snapping the weaker or thinner ones. City squirrels tend to be much heavier than normal squirrels.

In my experience, squirrels LOVE flower buds. I have personally witnessed them chewing off unopened and developing buds on portulaca, dahlias, tulips, gladioli and many others. Basically any plant with a thicker, fleshier flower bud, no matter how large or small. One of the theories I have read is that the squirrels may actually be looking for moisture rather than an actual food source, but I suspect they do it only to frustrate the resident gardener. They are evil little buggers.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Nov 28, 2011 8:38 PM CST
Thank you, Corey! No one on the other forum had ever heard of this either, but I am glad someone has now!

Here, squirrels will bite into and strip the bark of tree twigs, maples especially, supposedly for the moisture content.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Nov 29, 2011 7:58 AM CST
Soooooo!!! I wont cry when I see them napping in the middle of the road?
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Nov 29, 2011 8:20 AM CST
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Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Nov 29, 2011 10:16 AM CST
Hilarious!
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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Jan 7, 2012 12:59 PM CST
The squirrels in my yard eat most of my magnolia buds during the winter, though I haven't seen any squirrels dig up bulbs they have planted hundreds of walnut trees and peanuts in my garden. Rabbits are the biggest culprits for eating my lilies.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jan 7, 2012 6:38 PM CST
OK, have to ask. Why is your name on here Bearsearch? Pictures? Hunting? Once when I was a kid my father and brother shot a bear in the Adirondacks, and I recall seeing the inches of fat when they cut it up.
Name: Brian
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bearsearch
Jan 7, 2012 8:34 PM CST
My name is Brian, bearsearch is just a nickname a friend gave me a long time ago and it just stuck. It's easier than coming up with a new name all the time.

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