will squirrels and other rodents eat sprouted nuts?
I have some Quercus mixchauxii and Aesculus flava growing under lights that will be moved outside in about 6 weeks. The nuts are still attached to the seedlings.
I know that squirrels will eat acorns. I hear they usually avoid Aesculus nuts as they aren't that tasty...but will they still get them once they're sprouted and attached to a seedling?
Will I have to concern myself with coming home one day to tipped over pots with snapped off seedlings that have been...um...denutted?
I also have some Q. coccinea stratifying, and those I will plant directly outdoors (although in containers at least to start) - I was thinking of building a chicken-wire cage for those - should I anticipate making it large enough to put the larger seedlings in as well?