Hardy lily bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
May 31, 2010
I love hardy lillies, however, I have a big problem with them.
Often, some critters dig up the bulbs and eat just the top tiny 1 inch stem coming up.
I've tried everything. I've tried garlic, cayenne pepper, soaps,
chili powder and a spray Ropel.
Is there anything new of the market that will help?
I don't want to give up those flowers.

Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
May 31, 2010


If you've tried using the deterrents without luck you may have to protect your plants with physical barriers, at least until they grow tall enough that the critters are no longer interested in them. You can try placing crumpled up chicken wire on the ground around the plants. Critters don't like to walk on it because they're afraid they'll get their legs caught. Or, you can make little cylinders out of hardware cloth to set over each plant. Be sure to bury it into the ground a few inches and have it stick up 4-5 inches. This should keep them safe from most garden critters. Hope one of these ideas works!

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