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Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 9, 10 at 19:59

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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RE: Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

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


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RE: Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

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.


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RE: Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

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.


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RE: Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

  • Posted by chills Zone 6b Mi (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 23:00

I plant bulbs and follow up with some Milorganite and wood ashes on top of it.

Squirrels seem uninterested. haven't even had to replant a single bulb this year.

~Chills


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sorry forgot something

  • Posted by chills Zone 6b Mi (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 23:00

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

~Chills


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RE: Tastiness to squirrels of Chionodoxa and Scilla bulbs?

Milorganite is that fertilizer made at sewage treatment plants, right? Maybe it still has enough odor to deter the pests. I don’t have access to ashes. Is the Milorganite readily available?


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