Ask a Question forum: phlox vs groundhog

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Jun 9, 2017 6:07 PM CST
A groundhog has eaten the tops of my phlox plants (and some leaves) leaving the main part of the plants about a foot tall. Did they eat the eventual flowering part of the plant? If so I'll leave them to grow and strengthen their root system this summer, anyway. I have since put what I hope is a fence he can't get past around the plants. I'd prefer not to have to 'eliminate' him - he's kinda cute.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Jun 9, 2017 8:51 PM CST
My experience with groundhogs is unless you put down a footing for your "fence", you're pretty much out of luck. I put fence around my garden, the Spousal Unit even put little stakes in it to hold it THAT did any good. Burrowing, disgusting wretches.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
Jun 10, 2017 9:48 AM CST
Working for you or not?

With some garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), some gardeners cut them back (likely in June) to end up with blooming on shorter and bushier plants. This delays the flowering by a week or two.

The problem for any flowering would be if the groundhog hasn't finished working on your phlox.

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