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Jun 17, 2021 5:23 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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Strange but I came up with a few in the seedling row that looks like ditch lilies. Correction...my friend say they are roadside lilies. Maybe not as derogative sounding.

I have a few wild ones that are near my mailbox and front yard across the road.
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Jun 18, 2021 7:42 PM CST
Name: Missy
Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a)
Last year the deer ate anything they could get their mouths on. I used several different spray deterrents such as Bobbex, but the deer still ate the flowers/buds. This year I have had complete success (so far) with motion activated water sprayers, milorganite and two different scented sprays. I sprayed early and often.
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Jun 19, 2021 4:58 AM CST
Name: Gary
Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
I have read reviews that some of the sprays smell bad enough to keep humans away. True?
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Jun 19, 2021 6:28 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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After Bobbex dries there is no smell that I can detect. This is the only spray I have used, so I cannot speak for the others.
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Jun 19, 2021 7:16 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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It can be oderiforis, had 1 batch that had no smell, emailed the manufacturer, they said if it's fresh, there is no smell.
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 19, 2021 9:52 AM CST
Nashville, Tennessee
After all our daylilies were eaten to the ground early this year, we put up 1000 feet of 7-foot fence, with flagging tape along the top about every 10 feet. So far, 2+ months later, there have been no deer, and the daylilies are doing great (except the ones outside the fence, where every soon-to-open bud is gone). We then decided to plant several shrub/tree species inside the fence about every 8 feet. Although they were only 2-4 feet when we got them, they have grown rapidly, and in a couple of years will look great, and further prevent the deer from trying to jump over the fence--we hope. It's a lot of work, but well worth it, for all the plants.
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Jun 19, 2021 12:22 PM CST
Name: Gini Hunter
Dow, IL
Used to pass a house with high fence around yard, with 4 deer inside the fence. Had some success with dog hair from a long hair if collect it before bathing dog. Or find a groomer who will not wash dog first. The commercial sprays seem to clog up and work for awhile till they get used to one. Some stink, some don't. Limited success with motion detectors. chased some with leaf rake, I think they laughed at me. So far best seems to be a mix of hot sauce, dish detergent and water, but have to repeat after a rain. Find a few buds spit out but less overall damage. They are really thick around here this year. About 12 visible in the pasture across the road last week and see them moving through any time of day. Good LUCK! I like the Rottweiller idea best.
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Jun 19, 2021 12:42 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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We have a sizable deck area. It's now nearly covered in potted daylilies. Hubs is adjusting to the idea. No problem with deer/daylilies now. Whistling
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Jun 19, 2021 1:47 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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As far as the sprays clogging up, I save the cap from the original bottle and get another plastic bottle that fits the sprayer. When I'm done spraying the plants, I take the sprayer out of the original container and spray what ever is left in the sprayer, than put the sprayer onto the other bottle filled with water, flush it with water until the next time I need the application. Put the cap back on the original bottle, hope that makes sense, since I started doing this I have had no more clogs.
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 19, 2021 3:44 PM CST
Name: Judy
GA (Zone 7a)
Region: Georgia
I read somewhere that this gardener put Vick's Vapor Rub on the daylily blossoms; just enough that the deer could smell before munching. It seemed to stay intact when exposed to moisture. I don't know about heavy rain though. I've never tried it, but I'm tempted! Has anyone tried this?
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Jul 4, 2021 5:05 PM CST
Name: Marika
Kansas City, MO (Zone 6a)
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I have just begun a war on the deer. I wasn't bothered when they ate a few buds, but yesterday morning I found they had eaten ALL the buds on a good third of my daylilies (disclaimer, my garden is kinda small).

Last night I went out & misted the buds before sprinkling some strong cayenne on. It amuses me to imagine deer unwittingly eating some very spicy buds, then freaking out because burning mouth.

As of this morning, it has worked. We'll see how it continues to work. The deer have plenty to eat right now, so they're just eating my buds to be jerks.

I'm also going to bring the dogs out front (flowerbed is in front yard) to cover the area in their smell. Maybe that will help, too.

But the various suggestions here are good! I am taking notes!
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Jul 5, 2021 4:18 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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When you mention Vicks Vapor Rub I go back to a childhood memory of mom or dad rubbing that stinky stuff on my chest or putting it under my nose. I had never heard of applying it to daylily buds, but I can vouch that it is STINKY!
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Jul 5, 2021 8:40 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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my deer don't come every night, they may come one night, wait 4 or 5 days or a even a couple of weeks and show up again, there really is no pattern that I see. So your deer may yet return. I can't imagine that pepper will deter them unless it is pretty strong but maybe they will eat your neighbors garden instead.
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Jul 5, 2021 8:45 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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bluegrassmom said:When you mention Vicks Vapor Rub I go back to a childhood memory of mom or dad rubbing that stinky stuff on my chest or putting it under my nose. I had never heard of applying it to daylily buds, but I can vouch that it is STINKY!


but did the deer bother you after the application?πŸ˜€
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Jul 5, 2021 1:12 PM CST

bluegrassmom said:When you mention Vicks Vapor Rub I go back to a childhood memory of mom or dad rubbing that stinky stuff on my chest or putting it under my nose. I had never heard of applying it to daylily buds, but I can vouch that it is STINKY!


I can vouch that it TASTES bad. No deer would ever return for a taste. (My dad talked me into swallowing a spoonful when I was about 5. He said it was what his mother recommended for a sore throat. I was a "Daddy's Girl" so I ate it β€” against the advice of my mom. It's HORRIBLE β€” and there's no "washing away" the taste or the film left in your mouth (repels water). BTW …. the jar now warns against eating it. I don't even remember if it helped the sore throat.
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Jul 5, 2021 3:02 PM CST

They got a couple buds off mine probably early this morning since I flushe them from the field next door as I went to work after 5 am
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Jul 5, 2021 4:03 PM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
No matter what you use as far as products on the market, you MUST change it up. The deer get used to what you are using and chow right through it.

This year I started early with a deer and rabbit repellant from Fleet Farm. Said to spray once a week for a couple weeks and then once a month after that (and of course after a rain). It was working great until...and this happens EVERY year in my (Southern) Wisconsin location. EVERY year without fail, early to mid June the deer don't care what you use, they come and enjoy a total smorgasbord in my gardens (hosta, lily, daylily, coneflowers and phlox). This is the exact time that they have their babies and the does need to build up their bodies on the good stuff.

We did put up a 4 foot fence which I know they could get over if they wanted to. But there is loads of stuff still outside the fence. My coneflowers and true lilies inside the fence have never looked so good. I don't think I've seen them look like this ever. It's been a while since I've seen Pumpkin Prince without 75% of the buds chewed off.
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Jul 5, 2021 4:07 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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MidwestBecki said:

I can vouch that it TASTES bad. No deer would ever return for a taste. (My dad talked me into swallowing a spoonful when I was about 5. He said it was what his mother recommended for a sore throat. I was a "Daddy's Girl" so I ate it β€” against the advice of my mom. It's HORRIBLE β€” and there's no "washing away" the taste or the film left in your mouth (repels water). BTW …. the jar now warns against eating it. I don't even remember if it helped the sore throat.


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Jul 6, 2021 10:22 AM CST
Name: Kenny Shively
Rineyville, KY. region 10. (Zone 6b)
Region: Kentucky Daylilies Hybridizer
I have light deer problem, and have used Vicks on my plants, including daylilies. Seemed to work fine, and does hold up well to moisture. I don't put it on until buds are well formed. I put a little just below the buds on a scape, or a marker, nearby fence. But like I said my deer problem is light. Shrug! Smiling
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Jul 10, 2021 8:07 PM CST
Name: Marika
Kansas City, MO (Zone 6a)
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I was having trouble with them eating my flower buds. At my mother's suggestion, I got some of those grey capsule things. She's used them for a while to good results. The ones I got were Deer Off from Lowe's. They have kept the deer away thus far.

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