Dahlias forum: Our Dahlias were attacked last night!!

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 14, 2015 8:31 PM CST
we planted our bulbs three weeks ago. they were up within ten days. as of yesterday the new shoots were a mere 1 inch tall. today I got home and two of the three of them were chewed down level with the soil!! arrgg!!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 14, 2015 8:34 PM CST
Deer? Slugs? Rascals? Well, I guess rascals wouldn't chew them.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 14, 2015 9:54 PM CST
not sure. im going to assume slugs are the culprits. we had record warm temps this past winter and this spring has been wet and very warm, so the slug population is in a boom right now! the dahlias were doing good for about a week. managed to reach an inch tall without anything getting to them. then last night it all went south...
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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mandolls
May 14, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Ooh - thats depressing. They should re grow, but you might want to give them some protection - I'm a big fan of Sluggo plus.

Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 15, 2015 7:16 AM CST
Same here, mandolls. When I go out to plant dahlias the Sluggo is always with me. The peace of mind is worth it.
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lilydaydreamer
May 15, 2015 5:49 PM CST
Do squirrels eat dahlias? My newly planted are coming up too. Yesterday found a hole where one was......felt around and no tuber! It is totally gone. No rot or mush ....just not there at all. I do have a squirel that likes to burry nuts in my yard, did he think this was his??? Shrug!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
May 15, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Squirrels don't eat them here and I hope they don't start!
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 16, 2015 12:19 AM CST
Lilydaydreamer said:Do squirrels eat dahlias? My newly planted are coming up too. Yesterday found a hole where one was......felt around and no tuber! It is totally gone. No rot or mush ....just not there at all. I do have a squirel that likes to burry nuts in my yard, did he think this was his??? Shrug!


My favorite squirrel family is digging up every potted plant ISO their precious walnuts that I've dug and potted. They don't eat or take their (non walnut) finds. Only two trees are MIA....today. My house might be the only safe haven for the other tree seedlings now that they're digging in pots here. I had 11 walnut tree seedlings yesterday, goal is one walnut tree, standing count is 9 seedlings...

Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 16, 2015 9:32 AM CST
We seem to be down to mice for predators. And they live under the deck. I put out sticky traps and got two. Then brought out the big guns (5 gallons bucket, 3" of water, peanut butter around inside rim 2" down.) And higher and the little buggers hang on with their tails and claws and can reach down to lick the PB. I put a little piece of lathe for a ramp to the top. I hate to kill anything and they are a cute little grey vole looking thing. But they do damage and D says we have to do it. But even he felt badly when two that were still alive on the sticky pad struggled to keep their heads above water when he put them in the bucket. He had to push the pad down to mercifully drown the quickly. We are both becoming very sentimental in our old age.
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 16, 2015 1:52 PM CST
apparently im NOT quite as sentimental yet...

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