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What's been munching my tulips?


A few totally decimated, a few with holes in the leaves, happily the majority are thriving. Just curious if none knows? 
It's knowing what to do with things that counts - Robert Frost

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  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    They could be mine! 
    I planted some in the ground last autumn and the leaves emerged already damaged, I presume by slugs underground.
    I've kept the ones in pots free of slug and snail damage, so in future I won't plant in the ground where I really want to make a feature of tulips. Odd ones dotted about or at the back of borders don't seem as bad if they fail, but I was disappointed when mine looked like your photo.
    Of ten planted one has a flower!
    Better luck next time or in a pot.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    Slugs - unfortunately.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Grrrrr, pesky blighters! Never even entered my head. Better start slug patrol tonight, want those for my table next weekend. Never had my own cut flowers before. But like you @Woodgreen, all my pots are doing fine 😁
    It's knowing what to do with things that counts - Robert Frost
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,578
    The roe deer has been munching mine.  Clean cut across the leaves, plus a few flowers.
  • Muntjak deer eat mine
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402
    Tulips are irresistible to deer in this garden.  But they do decapitate them very neatly 😀
  • Two beauties completely de-capitated last night ☹️. Nothing else eaten bud the flower heads totally sawn off (definitely no deer round these parts) 
    It's knowing what to do with things that counts - Robert Frost
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    Rabbits love them too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • *Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 306
    edited April 2022
    I didn’t think we had deer in my last garden & there were 6 ft fences all round till one day I saw movement at the end of the garden and a Muntjak deer was shimmying under the fence through a hole dug by a badger! I never saw the badger but each time I filled the hole and dip in, a couple of days later it was dug out again.
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