Flowers Deer Won't Eat - Knowledgebase Question

Warwick, NY
Question by cmorgan1
May 3, 2001
I am trying to locate a list of flowers (both annual & perennial) that deer won't eat. I've been in my 1st house for 1 yr now and am eager to plant lots of flowers! We have lots and lots of deer around. Last fall I planted daffodils, tulips, and crocus. I was confident about the daffodils, as it stated on the bag of daffodil bulbs: "deer won't eat." It was true, they didn't touch the daffodils. Not so, for the tulips, they were chomped down by the deer and than the bulbs were dug up probably by the squirrels and groundhogs. Not sure what happen to the crocus, they didn't come up. I just planted freesia bulbs this spring and plan to plant hyacinth bulbs in the fall. I hate to go to all this work and build so much expectation to see these plants be eaten! I know there is a list out there somewhere of flowers that deer won't eat, hoping you can provide it! Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
May 3, 2001

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Many gardeners use the repellant sprays with varying success, but they must be applied and reapplied according to the instructions in order to be as effective as possible. There are also many home remedies such as using soap, blood meal, human hair and so on.

Sprays of egg solids, hot pepper oil and other such ingredients are available and may help some, especially when the deer "pressure" is not too high. Human hair (from the local barber shop) in bags made of hosery and perfumed soaps
have worked for me when they had other options to feed upon. Finally, here are some sites that may help you find those plants they prefer to avoid. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well
in your area:


http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/ho...

http://www.tpoint.net/neighbor...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://www.hht.com/bus/horns/A...

http://www.fullertonlandscapes...

http://home.ptd.net/~jchorba/d...


Many gardeners use the repellant sprays with varying success, but they must be applied and reapplied according to the instructions in order to be as effective as possible. There are also many home remedies such as using soap, blood meal, human hair and so on.

Sprays of egg solids, hot pepper oil and other such ingredients are available and may help some, especially when the deer "pressure" is not too high. Human hair (from the local barber shop) in bags made of hosery and perfumed soaps
have worked for me when they had other options to feed upon. Finally, here are some sites that may help you find those plants they prefer to avoid. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well
in your area:


http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/ho...

http://www.tpoint.net/neighbor...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...

http://www.hht.com/bus/horns/A...

http://www.fullertonlandscapes...

http://home.ptd.net/~jchorba/d...

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