Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

linnea56(z5 IL)November 9, 2010

I will use wire mesh over the tulips and crocus I bought, because I know they love those, but I can't recall if they eat Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs.

Wire mesh is the only reason why I even HAVE tulips and crocus. I had stopped buying the bulbs, until I found that mesh worked. But it's tough enough to cut, that I'd rather not use it if I don't have to.

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luvahydrangea(Albany, NY 5)

They don't eat Scilla, not sure about Chionodoxa.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 8:20AM
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They will dig anything up that you plant, just to see what you put in there. I haven't had any problem with them eating either one, tho I have had to replant them more than once.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 9:51AM
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dhaven(z5 IA)

I have lots of chionodoxa naturalized in a wooded area, and the squirrels have never bothered them, unless they are storing a nut in the ground where there happens to be a bulb. Even then, they do not eat the bulbs, and if I come across one that's been dug out, it's a simple matter to push it back into the ground. Both these bulbs will self seed and spread nicely, either in a woodland setting or in full sun.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 6:48PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

I put the milorganite and ashes on top of the soil after planting and tamping down the soil.


    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 11:00PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Milorganite is that fertilizer made at sewage treatment plants, right? Maybe it still has enough odor to deter the pests. I donâÂÂt have access to ashes. Is the Milorganite readily available?

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 10:23PM
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