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Deer destroyed berry plants

Posted by Brett-CpG 8a (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 7:56

Gah. The deer finally (after 2 months) have discovered my raspberry/blackberry plants. 3 in pots, 4 in ground. Ate all but one plant completely, leaving only the stems. They're all first year canes on root balls that I planted this spring.

Berries are supposed to be tough....will they be okay? Most of the plants have virtually no foliage on them. Will be taking some precautions from now on.

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RE: Deer destroyed berry plants

If they were looking good, I expect they will be fine.

RE: Deer destroyed berry plants

  • Posted by lkz5ia z5 west iowa (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 13:20

They will be ok if the deer don't keep on doing it.

RE: Deer destroyed berry plants

They should eventually come back but may be delayed a year or two as the roots are not being energized via lush foliage.

What else have the deer eaten in your location?

RE: Deer destroyed berry plants

The main way things die from deer is they get eaten over and over again. Nearly any plant will bounce back from one eating. This spring I had a new apple graft the rabbits got; before I realized it was rabbits they got it again. I finally protected it and its just starting to come back now, I got lucky.


RE: Deer destroyed berry plants

Deer feed on plant first year after that eat berries, I think floricanes they don't like.

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