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Old 04-18-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default What beastie is chewing on my plants?

Ok HBT, I need a little advice/help. The tips on 3 of my 4 plants all have been cut. What little beastie is doing this! I haven't had this problem before and I'm a little annoyed. I know that these will eventually be fine, but the smaller plants are 1st year and I'm trying to establish them. Here are the pics.

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Old 04-18-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Deer or Rabbit? looks like they were nipped right off. I haven't had an issue with anything bothering mine, and have wildlife all around.

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Old 04-18-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Would a bunny just clip the tops and not eat it? I didn't have this problem before. I dunno.

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Looking at the soil atop that bed I'd think hoof prints wouldn't be hard to see...

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Has it been windy? I know this spring weather sometimes cause crazy storms. maybe they just got blown over to hard and broke. if not then Like brewmadness its a rabbit or deer. I know I had deer eating mine last year.

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I do not know if it was a deer or rabbit, they usally take the whole plant. Cutworms? Are most of the tips that have been snipped still there? If so spray, I use NEEM oil. It works for 2 weeks on what is sprayed, but obviously not on new growth.

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Cutworms. Spray with BT.

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Old 04-19-2014, 01:43 AM   #8
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Looking at the soil atop that bed I'd think hoof prints wouldn't be hard to see...

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Thanks for the responses!

Were totally fenced in. There's no chance of deer. Bunnies are a possibility, but they avoid this part of the yard.

What is a cutworm?
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It is hard to say with out more images/tracks. Deer you would see tracks if your loose soil goes out three more feet.

Bunnies are my leaning. I've had them damage my plants (Not hops though.) in similar ways.
They may try to eat it but get scared and run off and leave it behind.

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:56 PM   #10
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So 9 inches cut off the top of the 4 foot bine. 1398808434546.jpg

Either the world's tallest bunny with an eating disorder, or its a bug of some sort. I bought neem oil this weekend too. That's annoying.
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Its a clean cut too. Cutworm? What am I even looking for?

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