I am growing Tithonia rotundifolia - Gopher?

chezronJuly 6, 2013

I live near San Diego. I wanted to grow Tithonia since the butterflies like to nectar from it. They are growing great 2-3 feet tall. Lost one to gophers. Apparently the roots are excellent! Yesterday some creature just took a bite out of the stem near the ground and the plant keeled over. The bite is perfectly half moon-shaped and took out half the stem diameter. Is this a gopher too? I guess Tithonia needs a wire basket AND wire stem protection.

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Gophers will emerge from the ground and feed on the surface, as well as attacking the roots from underground.

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    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:49PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

I think that squirrels like tithonia also...do you have squirrels?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 4:08PM
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