Holes in crocus buds/flowers?

Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7bMarch 7, 2013

I am in zone 7b in about central NC. My crocus buds and flowers have huge holes in them. Any ideas?

-- They were originally planted fall 2011 and came up beautifully in 2012.

--They are in a full sun box.

--I made sure to not cut/remove leaves until they were good and brown.

--I did use leaf mulch this winter (but not the first one).

--I didn't fertilize until a few weeks ago (would earlier have helped)?

--Our winters are usually 40s and 50s with some 30s. It did seem wetter this past winter.

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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

Oddly enough, these are growing "wild" (not planted by me) in a different direction, and they have no holes.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 11:36AM
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hawki(5a)

Birds cause this by pecking at the flowers, and they're more likely to peck lighter colored flowers. I really see it with early snowdrops. All you can do if it's really a problem, is cover the flowers with a net (or grow dark purple crocuses).

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 7:46AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Slugs chew the flowers of many of my bulbs.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 4:02AM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

Thanks! Unfortunately, both are common in my yard. I am going to try d. earth to see if that helps to kill the slugs.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 12:09PM
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ofionnachta(z6 WNJ)

It is too early for slugs where I live in NJ but mice will do this. The second crocus you posted was a Tommie--tommasianus--and rodents do not like them for some reason. Though I bet there are exceptions!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 1:59PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Slugs seem to be active all year round here. I hate them.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 7:16PM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

I ended up going for Sluggo, in case it is slugs. It would explain why the worst damage is where it is, as I remember seeing slugs in that particular box. Plus, I used leaf mulch this past winter, for the first time. I hope it isn't mice--I hate them! Unfortunately, we do get them. I have stuff out for them, though. Thx for everyone's help!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 9:36PM
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