Roses forum: Squirrels

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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Nov 2, 2017 8:57 PM CST
In the last two weeks I've observed squirrels eating the hips on my roses. I've been lax at deadheading due to the heat we've had but will deadhead vigorously this weekend.
I've never seen squirrels eat rose hips and didn't even know they would.
Anyone else have this problem ?
They're only eating the hips on my climbers because they can traverse the supports they're attached to. The regular bush roses aren't being subjected to their feeding.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 2, 2017 10:46 PM CST
I saw 'squirrels' so even tho I don't grow roses, I thought I'd see who else has problems with the little rodents. I'm surprised that they'd eat rose hips, but I don't know why. If they can nibble on electric wires, why not rose hips?

Read a neighborhood newsletter today and more than one person has recently seen a hawk swoop down and carry off a squirrel. Makes me grin just thinking about it.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 2, 2017 10:56 PM CST
For food, they are called rose apples for a reason, though I never have been really fond of rose hip jelly.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 3, 2017 12:39 AM CST
I used to love to eat rose hips when I'd be hiking in the mountains. Not because they were especially tasty, but as a nice little hit of Vitamin C.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Steve812
Nov 7, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Some rose hips actually do taste a little like apples. Others, not so much. I grow a few rugosa roses just for the hips, although I'm a little unsure whether I'm a fan of their flavor.

Squirrels never cease to amaze and confound. How does one train squirrels not to eat the rose hips on climbing roses? No idea. I'm still trying to drive deer out of my fenced garden.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Don't know what kind pf roses. Just thought of them as 'wild roses' no matter where I happened to be hiking. This was probably not true, eh?

I just posted in another forum/thread a good solution for squirrels. Get a hawk! On 3 different instances last week neighbors have spotted a hawk swooping down and flying off with a squirrel. Wish that hawk would get the squirrels in my yard.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 7, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Steve812 said:Some rose hips actually do taste a little like apples. Others, not so much. I grow a few rugosa roses just for the hips, although I'm a little unsure whether I'm a fan of their flavor.

Squirrels never cease to amaze and confound. How does one train squirrels not to eat the rose hips on climbing roses? No idea. I'm still trying to drive deer out of my fenced garden.

Do the same thing I do to keep rabbits out of the garden, ---- feed them.
SquirreIs use peanuts or sunflower seeds plus I throw by the feeder old bread, crumbs, old maids and any thing I think they might eat.
Now it may be more than the squirrels but I am amazed at how quickly old pie disappears after sitting for a day or so.
I also put bird food on the ground but the squirrels are pretty good at spreading, from the feeder, what they do not eat.
It is humorous to watch two fat squirrels sharing a hanging, swingng feeder and then one decides two is one too many.

For wabbits, I get wabbit food at a clearance store ,
If you forget, at least for the wabbits, they will let you know.
Name: Zuzu
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Nov 8, 2017 12:30 AM CST

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"Old maids"?????
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Nov 8, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Out of complete curiosity I googled "old maids". Aside from the card game and traditional reference to aging, unmarried, childless women, it can also mean those unpopped kernels left over when making popcorn...a veiled reference to an anatomical something else which never got popped.

Since I started this thread I have deadheaded all my roses and there isn't a hip to be found anywhere right now. Feeling guilty for having eliminated their food source I bought a bag of raw unsalted peanuts and started putting them out for the squirrels.
This has created another issue. For every peanut they do eat, they bury 6 more. My garden is dotted with little holes filled with peanuts which they never seem to retrieve.
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Nov 8, 2017 8:38 AM CST
I have had to put a stop to alot of the feeding, I just cant handle the hawks taking them, and the screaming that ensues upon that happening. I hide the bird and squirrel food under bushes now, makes me feel better, sure it doesnt help, and yes, they do dig.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Steve812
Nov 8, 2017 4:30 PM CST
Mike, I hope you enjoy peanut farming...

I'd love to attract more hawks since squirrels and other small furry creatures damage my iris, my hyacinth bulbs, and just about every other plant I've tried but for peonies and daffodils. Just finished putting out fifty dryer sheets to deter the two families of deer that had been browsing the garden for about two weeks.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Nov 15, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Steve812 said:Mike, I hope you enjoy peanut farming...


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

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