Pests and Diseases forum: What is eating my asiatic lilies? Could it be an animal?

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Cdw332
Mar 9, 2018 11:41 PM CST
My poor lilies can't barely make it above the soil. There is no snail trail, and no sign of any bugs. I go out in the morning and night to try and catch whatever is eating it and nothing. Could it be mice or some other animal? Anyone have any ideas?
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sooby
Mar 10, 2018 7:15 AM CST
Welcome!

Deer, groundhogs, rabbits, voles in descending size order. It doesn't look quite like deer damage and there'd be hoofprints. Can you give us a rough location so that we know what might be possible/likely in your area? If you have any small mesh hardware cloth you could make cylinders for a couple of the plants and see if that stops it. If it does then you're looking at animals rather than insects.

Growmore
Mar 12, 2018 6:57 PM CST
Cdw332 said:My poor lilies can't barely make it above the soil. There is no snail trail, and no sign of any bugs. I go out in the morning and night to try and catch whatever is eating it and nothing. Could it be mice or some other animal? Anyone have any ideas?
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Hi. I am a plant pathologist and a longtime gardener, 70 plus years. Can you provide some pictures of what's left of your lilies.

Cdw332
Mar 15, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Yes I sure will as soon as I get home from work. I live in Ventura Ca . The bulbs are in a pot in my backyard.
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crawgarden
Mar 15, 2018 2:43 PM CST
Looks like it could be rabbits.
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