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CrazedHoosier
May 6, 2018 8:50 AM CST
It's just one problem after the next for me this season! I was so excited about my sundial portulaca blooming, but just when it decided to open, a mystery animal decided to come in the night, and ruin my day. It took 2 of the blooms, and just chewed the petals. One entire flower bud was off the plant! I decided to ask about it because I have no idea what it could be. The planter it's in is elevated 10 feet off the ground on deck railing that has fencing around it, and the deck itself is within a fenced backyard. The portulaca planter is also surrounded with marigolds and nasturtiums in their own separate pots. I've heard of rats, mice and squirrels trying to chow on them, but we really have no rats here, squirrels don't come out at night, and a mouse would've had to have ignored all my other blooming flowers! While this isn't an urgent issue (yet), it does interest me, and I would love to have some reassurance that I can protect the flower from this viscous plant-eater!
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2018 12:47 PM CST
You have any deer ?
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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CrazedHoosier
May 6, 2018 5:08 PM CST
Philipwonel said:You have any deer ?


We have them, but considering the deck is 10 feet off the ground, and usually ran by dogs, I don't see how they could take some little bites of it.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Zencat
May 6, 2018 5:48 PM CST
My guess is birds or insects.
Southern Indiana (Zone 6a)
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CrazedHoosier
May 6, 2018 9:43 PM CST
Zencat said:My guess is birds or insects.


There's some cardinals always around them. Can I do anything to keep them from stripping the poor plant, or is it unlikely they'll do any bad damage?
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