some animal is eating my rose buds

kygreggJune 2, 2007

I have a yellow rose and for the last 2 years, just before it's ready to bloom, an animal bites off the bud and I find pieces of it on my deck. It is clearly an animal and not an insect. I've lived here for 20 years ( in the city ) and this is the first time I've had this happen. Any ideas what animal it could be? Do I just need to fence my roses in?

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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Squirrels could be to blame. (It could also be a bunny or deer, but I doubt they'd leave any pieces behind.)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 3:08PM
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the_morden_man((Z4-Z5) Ontario, Canada)

Bushy tailed rats. a.k.a. squirrels. They do this to my Graham Thomas every year.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 9:27PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Yep, squirrels. The ditsy things bite off the buds on all kinds of things thinking it's food, chew on them and spit them out 'cause they don't like them. I hate squirrels! I found one of my Double Delights chewed up on the ground the other morning.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 9:35PM
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Zyperiris(Seattle)

Well squirrels have to make a living too. LOL

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 9:52PM
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jlalfred

Get a live game trap. Catch them and take them for a ride.
If I ate the nasty things, I would have a freezer full.
Got one yesterday and again this morning. I bet some of the neighbors are wondering whats going on with all the missing squirrels. It works for Rabbits also but different
bait. I bought mine at Gander Mountain.

John

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 7:32AM
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mehearty(So ME z5a)

You may not love this idea but when we had a squirrel problem in our old house, we put up a squirrel feeder in the back yard away from the garden & kept it stocked w/nuts. Squirrels are territorial, so the ones that were already there didn't let any new ones in. They were fed well enough to leave my garden alone.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 11:19AM
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buford(7 NE GA)

I have bird feeders that double as squirrel feeders:) so they don't seem to bother my roses.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 2:04PM
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jlalfred

The trouble with feeding them is that when they are full
they start taking the food to the flower beds and burring
them. (Digging up your flower beds). Then, they go back
and dig them up. I just got another one just a few
minutes ago. (I guess I feed them too). For a few seconds. They also multiply.

John

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 2:13PM
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goldiemom(7B-Greenville NC)

Help! Something is eating the buds and sometimes the leaves of my roses, too. The rose that has the most damage is about 4.5 feet tall -- could a rabbit or squirrel reach that high? I haven't seen any squirrels in our relatively new neighborhood, but I know we have rabbits...argh!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 8:07AM
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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Sounds like deer.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 4:38PM
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bethnorcal9

I love my little squirrelys. I feed them sunflower seeds and peanuts. I don't really have to worry about them eating my plants anyway, because they spend months up in the pine trees stripping the pinecones to eat the pinenuts, and then they move on to the black walnut trees and chow on the walnuts. They make a huge mess with all that tho. Plus I have mini walnut trees planted in all my pots and all around the yard. But that makes it kinda fun.

Now the deer are another problem. Goldiemom, I have to agree with Michael. I think you've got deer eating your roses! Shoot, that reminds me, it's time again to go spray the repellent....

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 8:35PM
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ceterum

"Well squirrels have to make a living too. LOL

Making a living does not mean that they should feast like Louis XIV or Henry the VIII.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 11:26PM
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duchesse_nalabama

Squirrels make a living around here stealing from the cardinals. This feeder has a 'squirrel protector' on it, which makes their acrobatics more interesting! Annie

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 9:40PM
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kctypes4u

Help! For the first time EVER, this morning I woke up to every single last rose bloom, bud ready to open and newly formed bud GONE from every plant! It was as though someone just "snipped" them off.... No evidence or "chewed" flowers were on the ground...no leaves were eaten, and some stems are about 3 feet high. I suspect deer, but we've lived here for years and never had this problem. If anyone has any help or advice to offer, I'll all ears....they were so gorgeious and now they're GONE! (snif)

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:56AM
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renita2u_triad_rr_com

Two perfectly formed rosebuds, ready to open were there late yesterday afternoon. This am they are gone. They look like they have been snipped from the stem. Plant is about 3 ft high. Seems too tall for squirrels or rabbits. Any ideas as to what's doing this? Deer? I'm trying to not suspect the hostile neighbors (people) next door. kctypes4u,did you ever find out what was doing this? Sounds like we've had the same thing happen from your post on June 22: Help! For the first time EVER, this morning I woke up to every single last rose bloom, bud ready to open and newly formed bud GONE from every plant! It was as though someone just "snipped" them off.... No evidence or "chewed" flowers were on the ground...no leaves were eaten, and some stems are about 3 feet high. I suspect deer, but we've lived here for years and never had this problem. If anyone has any help or advice to offer, I'll all ears....they were so gorgeious and now they're GONE! (snif)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 11:43AM
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pine_acres_hotmail_com

Love to Garden, if there are deer in your neighborhood, they are the likely culprit. I have about 130 rose bushes in my yard and before I started spraying them with repellent, the deer would eat every last bud during the night. I can clearly remember standing in my garden crying! I use liquid fence on my bushes now and rarely have a problem (they might get one or two buds before they decide they're too bitter), but there are many other sprays that work just as well. Best of luck to you!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 7:43AM
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