June 4, 2021 at 7:40 am Reply
My beautiful ranunculus blooms are eaten, petal tops nibbled from the outside in. I assumed it must be slugs at first so I put down pellets but it’s still happening so now I’m wondering if it’s birds?June 4, 2021 at 7:45 am Reply
Hi Jill, do you think you could share a few pictures? It would help pinpoint what is chowing down on your flowers! Birds would be a bit surprising, from my point of view.June 4, 2021 at 8:14 am ReplyJune 4, 2021 at 8:27 am Reply
Wow that’s some leftovers from a feast that got out of hand! That damage is fairly typical of slugs or snails. Birds would either tear petals one at a time or leave sharp wedge-like dents along edges. Caterpillars would also tend to follow individual petals as they eat. Only snails and slugs do this kind of damage, like when you’re licking an ice-cream cone away. Perhaps they’re hiding nearby or under the pot?June 4, 2021 at 8:38 am ReplyCarolPrivate messageGreen Thumb (moderator)
Hi Jill and Nate. I’d say caterpillars. Snails would have left slimy trail. If it’s indeed caterpillars, they should still be on the plant until it’s fully consumed and should be easy to find.
“You got to be a gardener to appreciate dirty and muddy hands.”June 4, 2021 at 9:01 am Reply
Well it depends on when the picture was taken, snail trails disappear fairly fast.June 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm ReplyCarolPrivate messageGreen Thumb (moderator)
It’s true, point taken. 🙂
“You got to be a gardener to appreciate dirty and muddy hands.”June 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm Reply
Nate the photos were taken at 7a.m but I’d already noted damage days ago. I cut off one spoilt flower only to see the same damage gradually occurring on the next.
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