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Old 05-28-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I dug up and brought with me hundreds of plants from my Atlanta garden to plant in my Chapel Hill, N.C. garden. I heeled them in while they were dormant in November- the moving man called his boss and said I was trying to move a hundred pots of
"dirt"- and was waiting for my day lillies to bloom so I could plant them by color. I was told deer don't like daylillies and to interplant daffodil bulbs with your daylillies and all would be safe. I knew they liked hosta but I had a HUGE dark blue green (sum and substance?) with leave 5-6 inches wide. The pot was too heavy for me to lift to my deck so I rolled it close to the house thinking it would be safe. Last night I discovered what looks like a pot of celery-those putrid animals ate my beautiful hosta. Then I started wonodering why I had no scapes on all my daylilles and discovered they chomped off all the flower buds on my daylillies,
Question???Since I still have the root system and stalks on my hosta will it live and even better yet will
new leaves come out if I protect it from deer?
I'm thinking of taking up ARCHERY!!!!!!
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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I buy "Deer Off" or "Liquid Fence" and have beautiful hostas now. Its sold at Home Depot or any garden center. Its seems to work for rabbits/squirrels too.Just remember to spray again after a heavy rain.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I now use repellent but my main question is will my hosta come back after the deer ate all the leaves?
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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It will rebound...I have some right in the woods next to the mineral lick. The block is for the deer...the Hosta, not so much...

Only a few of the Hosta get nibbled (they seem to have a preference for one over the other) but all continue to come back since the root system remains undisturbed.

I have mine in the ground and surrounded (covered) by large rocks to try and prevent 'pull-up'. 2nd summer here...So far, so good.

Keep doing whatever you do, but don't over-water or feed while there are no leaves...the stalks will wither and new growth will emerge from the root.

Do not panic. Give it three weeks.








Oh - I planted cheap roses for the deer...perhaps if you offer them something else they'll stay away from the house...






or not. ;)
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:17 AM
 
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Definitely some kind of spray, it works for me. We have a huge deer population here. You just need to re-apply the spray every month, at least. I use Bobbex, or Rabbit Solution (which also protects against deer).
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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I have the same problem....I am left with huge leafless hostas that resemble celery...
Should we cut all the way back divide and re-plant or just leave alone?
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I just leave mine alone if that happens.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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OMG, this just breaks my heart. And who told you deer don't like daylilies? They like daylilies the same way we like chocolate and pizza!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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This is the first year my hostas have not been eaten down to the ground. I gave them up for dead, only to find them returning. I do spray with Deer Off, but unless I remember to go out after every rain shower, it has limited effect. My daylilies have been devoured. I blame the rabbits for that.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Our deer have left my daylillies alone all these years.

But my hostas... DH calls them the deer salad bar (unless I spray, which I have... and they are untouched).
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