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Old 04-18-2018, 05:47 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have one Knockout rose bush in the front yard. It is just starting to bloom. Today, I noticed that some of the buds had been bitten off, while others remained untouched. I have never seen a deer in my yard, although Iím sure they are around. Wouldnít a deer have munched ALL the buds?

This one rose bush is among other plants in bloom and budding, but none of those were touched. Also, there have been rose bushes in this location for years, and this hasnít happened before.

I guess my question is, what could it be if it was not a deer?
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I don’t know about roses, but a couple of years ago I had a beautiful fat sunflower bud nipped right off. I blamed the squirrels, those furries eat everything.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I have one Knockout rose bush in the front yard. It is just starting to bloom. Today, I noticed that some of the buds had been bitten off, while others remained untouched. I have never seen a deer in my yard, although Iím sure they are around. Wouldnít a deer have munched ALL the buds?

This one rose bush is among other plants in bloom and budding, but none of those were touched. Also, there have been rose bushes in this location for years, and this hasnít happened before.

I guess my question is, what could it be if it was not a deer?
Not necessarily. Depends on what else is around. They sample everything.

I had some wasabi in a large pot. The local doe just loved it.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:41 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Not necessarily. Depends on what else is around. They sample everything.

I had some wasabi in a large pot. The local doe just loved it.
Iím curious to see if any more buds are gone tomorrow.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Mice and rabbits will eat them too. And slugs. And some bugs and caterpillars. I've seen crows nip them off and carry them away. Sometimes children pick them off.


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Old 04-18-2018, 07:59 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Mice and rabbits will eat them too. And slugs. And some bugs and caterpillars. I've seen crows nip them off and carry them away. Sometimes children pick them off.


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I havenít seen a rabbit here, and I didnít see any evidence of bugs or caterpillars. Maybe a bird or squirrel could be the culprit.
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:06 PM
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Location: Silicon Valley
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Everything eats roses. From four legs to multi-legged, to non-winged, to winged. This is why I don't have roses anymore. It's a constant battle and insecticides hardly work anymore, and they won't keep deer and anything else from eating them anyway.

Roses smell really good. But, the actual plant/foliage is ugly, and they are a pest magnet for your yard. They're just not worth keeping, in my opinion.

As far as deer, they even killed my baby evergreen trees. They kept eating all of the new growth. Argh.
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Old 04-19-2018, 01:02 AM
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Location: Tennesee
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Not necessarily. Depends on what else is around. They sample everything.

I had some wasabi in a large pot. The local doe just loved it.
OT, but I want to know how to grow wasabi!

As for the roses, it could be anything. Apparently, roses are delicious.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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OT, but I want to know how to grow wasabi!

As for the roses, it could be anything. Apparently, roses are delicious.
I grew mine outside in an Earthbox, in the shade. This is the Puget Sound, so I'd bring it inside if freezing threatened. It would also start to look pretty ratty in July, would recover when it got cooler.

In a pot, they like it cool, neither hot nor freezing, with free-draining soil kept moist. Because it's a shade-lover, it actually does well as a houseplant. I think it's a pretty plant.

In Japan, it's grown outside in cold mountain streams.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WoYRUEY1zM

I found it very easy to grow. But then the PNW is a lot like Japan, except that we don't get as much summer precipitation. Hence the Earthbox.

Vegetable Seeds, Flower Seeds, Herb Seed, Garden Seed - Territorial Seed Company
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:28 AM
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Excellent video jacqueg, thanks for the information you have shared with us.
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