Vermin-Resistant Bulbs

Judy Glattstein
Sun, 17 Dec 2006 04:13:21 PST
Terry asked about gopher-resistant bulbs. No gophers here in New Jersey 
but I do have voles (think midget gophers that make up the volume with 
numbers, rather than individual size.) That's the below-ground pest. 
Above ground are deer, groundhogs, and rabbits. Jane, no malamutes. Fog 
cat takes on voles and rabbits, hunters in the neighborhood take the 
occasional deer. That's not much help - there were six does in my garden 
two days ago.

In general: anything in the Amaryllidaceae, such as the Narcissus Terry 
mentioned, also Galanthus, etc. are not eaten above or below ground.

Anything in the Araceae, including Arisaema, Arum, Arisarum, and so on 
are not eaten above or below ground.

Canna are not eaten above ground but voles will eat the rhizomes.

Ranunculaceae - I grow Anemone blanda, A. flaccida, A. nemorosa, A. 
ranunculoides and have not notices any predation above or below ground.

Fritillaria are untouched above and below ground: F. imperialis and F. 
meleagris increasing nicely, F. pallidiflora holding its own but not 

Hyacinths apparently not eaten out in the garden which is interesting as 
potted bulbs in the garage for forcing are gnawed by mice.

Chionodoxa, Muscari, Pushkinia, Scilla all appear to be pest-resistant 
both above and below ground.

I'm interested to see what others have to say.

Judy in New Jersey where the December temperatures are right on average, 
when you do the math on highs of 70° and lows of 19°, and we might have 
snow for Christmas

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