Tulip Growth Being Eaten - Knowledgebase Question

Cortlandt Manor, NY
Question by nwilliams25
March 31, 2001
Something, I suspect squirrels, is eating the new growth on my tulips. Leaves and stems nibbled about halfway down. How can further damage be averted and Will nibbled plants still bloom??
Thanks so much...I'm heartsick!

Answer from NGA
March 31, 2001


There should still be blooms as long as the critter has not eaten the flower buds. The loss of foliage may affect the performance next year, however, since the foliage helps rebuild the plant's strength to bloom next year. You could try one of the spray repellents or possibly set up a wire mesh cage around the tulips. In my experience, though, deer are the most likely culprit for eating tulips. I'm sorry about your plants.

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