Pests and Diseases forum: "Pet" Marmot ate all my new tulip bulbs last fall!

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Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
May 14, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I call her my pet because she is so cute and plump, munching on fallen apples she holds in her hands and nibbles on. I didn't notice any damage that she did until this spring, when I waited, and waited for about 60+ new tulip bulbs to sprout. Nothing. Finally dug up the area to see if they had rotted or what. Nothing at all there! It was a nice loose bed that I had dug up not far from her home tunnel. It took me awhile to find marmots listed as lovers of tulip bulbs - supposedly they can dig and eat as fast as you can turn your back! She doesn't seem at all interested in my older plantings - I counted 600+ older tulips in my yard this year. Guess I will have to try some kind of protection for the fancy parrot tulips I have ordered for this fall.

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