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Old 06-22-2016, 07:13 AM
 
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I am disappointed this morning when I came outside to water my pepper plants in my backyard they were missing as if someone dugged them up yesterday. We are on the outskirts of the city but not the country. Do people really steal vegetable plants? My tomato plant's top limb was cut off but I didnt notice it until today. I have to protect my other plants from the "plant thief".
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Not just vegetable plants; I lost a pot of lillies to an unknown plant-napper once.

Your tomato will at least recover from the amputation, but of course the peppers are a total loss. If you want to find out who or what is doing it, aim a security camera at your garden and see what you see.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Are you kidding me?
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Do you think it could have been an animal?
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:47 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Could it be possible deer came for a quick nosh?
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Could it be possible deer came for a quick nosh?
Animals can and do sometimes rip off the whole plant and carry it away. I have seen it happen with crows (corn) and raccoons (peppers). Now I grow in a greenhouse.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:07 AM
 
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Yup, it probably was an animal, even possibly a squirrel or a dozen others.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I've had ornamental plants dug up and stolen from my yard, so it wouldn't surprise me if food plants were stolen.

I comfort myself with the thought that a person so clueless as to steal something so inexpensive and readily available probably can't keep the plant alive anyway!
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:43 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yep a deer sure will steal those and carry the whole plant away . Of course only you can determine if it was the two legged animal .
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:46 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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I am disappointed this morning when I came outside to water my pepper plants in my backyard they were missing as if someone dugged them up yesterday. We are on the outskirts of the city but not the country. Do people really steal vegetable plants? My tomato plant's top limb was cut off but I didnt notice it until today. I have to protect my other plants from the "plant thief".

simply animals, they're animals I tell ya'!
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