Lilies forum: Help - rabbit problems

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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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maryjane
Jul 7, 2014 8:40 PM CST
I have just a few lilies but our neighborhood is plagued with adorable little bunnies and their moms and dads. They ate all my wildflowers and have chomped quite a few other plants but it really got me irritated when they just ate the leaves, chomped through the stem and toppled the flowers to the ground. Crying
I brought my Star Gazer lily buds in - they finally bloomed after a week or so in a vase. Smiling My question is - will my bulbs produce again next year or are they destroyed now since they lost the entire above ground plant this year? I am in the process of fencing in this front yard flower bed to eliminate the problem in the future. Confused
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jul 7, 2014 10:40 PM CST

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They usually come back but a bit weaker. If you can keep the stem going next year it will build the bulb back up again.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Jul 8, 2014 4:36 AM CST
maryjane said: My question is - will my bulbs produce again next year or are they destroyed now since they lost the entire above ground plant this year? I am in the process of fencing in this front yard flower bed to eliminate the problem in the future. Confused


I wish you luck with that! I've had rabbits in my yard for years! I live trap them and take them miles away, I've fenced in my garden, I've put chicken wire inside the fence we have dogs and still they get in and eat everything! Last winter I lost a mature crabapple, yucca, quince (even wrapped the quince with chicken wire) tree peony, roses and in spring there are always lilies lost to rabbit treats. Why is it they always eat just that little bit of stem at the bottom of the lily?
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hazeleyes
Jul 8, 2014 9:09 AM CST
This might help
Homemade Rabbit Repellent
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/homemade-rabbit-repellent.htm...
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chelle
Jul 8, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Sorry MaryJane, but I agree with Brian. Fences generally won't keep them out. Mine is 4' tall "rabbit fence"; width of opening 1.5"x3", and they just turn their heads sideways and force their bodies on through. It's unbelievable! Sticking tongue out
I'm removing my fence today...it's only restrictive to me! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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maryjane
Jul 8, 2014 9:31 PM CST
Thanks for the input. Thank You! I think I am going to lift my lily bulbs this fall, plant them in a large glass urn that I hope will be taller than the rabbits. I am finding the fence is more of a bother to me. Most of the flowers they bothered don't matter as much - 25 cent seed packet of wildflowers versus fence expense??!!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 8, 2014 10:41 PM CST
We have a lot of wild rabbits/bunnies here too (every day, every year). I planted some lilies last Fall, but they haven't found them yet. Can lilies be planted into a container tall enough that the rabbits won't bother the plants? I rather leave them were I planted them, but hate to lose them.
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Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
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gwhizz
Jul 16, 2014 4:14 AM CST
We have rabbits here in Tassie, Maryjane , but the Govt killed most of them and peoples pet rabbits, with virus, You have to be very careful what you buy to eat now !.Seriously, a good fence is a must . These little blokes can jump at least 4 foot high/and long.. Thumbs up
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