"Mole" deterrent

Rogan Roth Roth@ukzn.ac.za
Mon, 19 Dec 2005 00:35:06 PST
Dear Geophiles with mole problems,

I have it on good authority ;-) from a fellow geophyte grower that the
way to go to eradicating "moles" (mole-rats, rodent-moles) from your
bulb patch is to grow Eucomis species as companions to your other bulbs.
Eucomis are supposed to be universally disliked by cute burrowing
animals with a penchant for soft, succulent geophytes. To test this
hypothesis, I have planted several species of Eucomis in an area of my
garden which is frequented by hungry "moles" which devour everything in
sight, and will report back in due course on the efficacy of this

Rest assured if it doesn't work, at least you'll have a lovely patch of
Eucomis to show for your trouble (and no dead animals to contend

Tip: don't plant E. pole-evansii as a companion to your collection of
rare miniature daffodils!

(South Africa, zone 9-10, sunny, warm and moist).
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