My tulip bulbs dug up and taken


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I have tried a couple times to grow tulips, they really are a beautiful flower! My only problem is that the bulbs get dug up and taken each time. I get to enjoy the flower for a short while (that is only if I buy the flower already grown) and then the bulb gets taken. I think it is squirrels, but I am not 100% sure. On years that I have tried tulips, I have seen squirrels on my deck. On years that I have not tried, I don't see as many so I have my suspicions.

Any suggestions to keep them from taking my tulip bulbs? I like squirrels and wouldn't want anything to happen to them, I just want them to stop taking my tulips! That is if it is squirrels that is taking them.
 
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How annoying! I've heard that squirrels don't like cayenne pepper, so maybe try sprinkling that around them?
 
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How annoying! I've heard that squirrels don't like cayenne pepper, so maybe try sprinkling that around them?
I will try that, thank you! Tulips are beautiful when I actually get to see them here, they are one of my favorite flowers. Any other time I don't mind squirrels, if they would just leave the bulbs alone I would be ok with them around.
 
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You could put a layer of chicken wire over them when they are dormant, they'll grow up through it. Didn't know tulips were eaten by anything, think they're toxic to us.
 
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You could put a layer of chicken wire over them when they are dormant, they'll grow up through it. Didn't know tulips were eaten by anything, think they're toxic to us.
I am not sure if the squirrels survive after eating them if they even eat them, I just know they dig them up and take them :( I hadn't thought about chicken wire tho. They sell that at Home Depot or Lowe's, right? We no longer have any feed and grain/farming stores in town here. Sadly they went out of business.
 
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Don't know what a Lowe's is, but if Home Depot is anything like Homebase they probably will:)
 
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Don't know what a Lowe's is, but if Home Depot is anything like Homebase they probably will:)
Lowe's and Home Depot are big home improvement stores. They have everything from supplies to remodel or fix your home to lawn and garden. But they do not have animal supplies, not sure if chicken wire would be more of a farming item (they do not have farming supplies, just garden supplies.)
 
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Do you have Freecycle over there? Be cheaper to put up a wanted advert if you only need a bit.
 
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Do you have Freecycle over there? Be cheaper to put up a wanted advert if you only need a bit.
Yeah we have freecycle here but I have not tried it before, I have only heard people talking about it. That may be a good for me to try as I probably will not try the tulips now until next year - they are in full bloom now here so next year would be better. That would give me a while to get it!
 
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Its worth doing, i've picked up hundreds of pounds worth of stuff via freecycle, given away a lot of stuff too. Its amazing what folk throw out, i've had a freezer, dishwasher, even the table that i'm typing on.
 
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I used have a problem with deer eating my tulips just as the buds came up; they love hostas and day lilies as well. I discovered a deer repellent called Boboex which is primarily rotten eggs and capiscan. It lasts for at least six weeks and then can be reapplied, even when the temps are just above freezing. Not only does it deter the deer it acts as a fertilizer. Perhaps sprying the bulbs with it just before planting or the ground where you plant would convince the squirrels to stick to acorns.
 
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I've had good luck protecting my bulbs by using moth balls. Be sure to sprinkle them immediately after you plant the bulbs. Squirrels are attracted to freshly dug up dirt. When they smell moth balls, they will back away and leave the bulbs alone.
If you live in a cold climate which gets snow (like I do), be sure to sprinkle a fresh round of moth balls down on the ground once the snow cover melts, and your spring flowers start to come up. That should prevent the deer from eating your tulips and hyacinths.
Deer don't like daffodils, however. So you may also want to plant a row of daffodils in front of any other spring flower you plant. The daffodils will act as a guard to protect the other flowers.
 
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Moth balls are banned in Europe since 2008 :(
 
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I'm sorry but I did not realize that moth balls were banned in Europe. In that case, sprinkle cayenne pepper around the area where your bulbs are planted.
Another option is to sprinkle coffee grounds around the planted bulbs. There may be some other options, as well. You want to put down something with an odor strong enough to scare the furry pests away but not harmful to the environment.
 
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I've had good luck protecting my bulbs by using moth balls. Be sure to sprinkle them immediately after you plant the bulbs. Squirrels are attracted to freshly dug up dirt. When they smell moth balls, they will back away and leave the bulbs alone.
If you live in a cold climate which gets snow (like I do), be sure to sprinkle a fresh round of moth balls down on the ground once the snow cover melts, and your spring flowers start to come up. That should prevent the deer from eating your tulips and hyacinths.
Deer don't like daffodils, however. So you may also want to plant a row of daffodils in front of any other spring flower you plant. The daffodils will act as a guard to protect the other flowers.
Moth balls are extremely toxic and a hazard to the environment. Unlike using them in a closet the ones you put into your garden are exposed to the weather. Rain or snow will cause them to degrade and leech into the soil. You have many other options available that are more environmentally safe.
 
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I have tried a couple times to grow tulips, they really are a beautiful flower! My only problem is that the bulbs get dug up and taken each time. I get to enjoy the flower for a short while (that is only if I buy the flower already grown) and then the bulb gets taken. I think it is squirrels, but I am not 100% sure. On years that I have tried tulips, I have seen squirrels on my deck. On years that I have not tried, I don't see as many so I have my suspicions.

Any suggestions to keep them from taking my tulip bulbs? I like squirrels and wouldn't want anything to happen to them, I just want them to stop taking my tulips! That is if it is squirrels that is taking them.
Yep I can help you out , last year I planted 50 blubs. In my back garden, used red pepper when planting, was supposed to discourage squirrels from eating my bulbs . Apparently my squirrels love hot red pepper! They ate every blub! So last fall I read to plant bulbs ,lay chicken wire over area ,use lawn staples to hold wire down , in the spring after the bulbs push up a few inches remove wire and tada! All my bulbs made it this spring .It's a pain in the fall but so worth it ,and they did try to pull wire up so using lawn staple is essential ! I have several mature Oaks on property which drop hundreds and hundreds of acorns every year but bulbs are a tasty desert for my squirrels ! Good luck and this works , babyred
 

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Did not know you had to protect your tulips from the squirrels. This thread has been very interesting. I have never planted tulips and don't think I will now that I know I have to work so hard to keep the squirrels from eating them.
 
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Well I am sorry to hear about that. The last thing you want after caring for them and watching them grow is to see them dug up. I hope that you can bounce back and find whatever it is that is doing it.
 

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