Chipmunks perhaps? Help!

greenhavenrdgardenApril 8, 2012

I have 2 Venosa Violesa(sp?) that I planted almost side by side last fall. I cut them back and was so happy that they were both growing with several stems each, nice and strong. The other day I went out and one was collapsed. Some stems disappeared and the 2 that were left were limp and dead. It can't be light/water/sun or temps bc the plant right next to it is fine. At 1st I blamed my dog bc ONCE I saw him pee on that plant but I washed it off quickly and bc we have invisible fence I know it hasn't happened since. This mornIng, while sipping coffee, I noticed a chipmunk come out of a hole right next to the collapsed plant. Could it be him? We have had HUGE problems w/chipmunks in the past. I hate those little guys! Help!!

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

The hole could have exposed roots to dry air.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 5:47PM
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Yes it very well could be the chipmunks tunneling near your plants roots. I lost 2 2nd year clematis this way. We had to start live trapping and relocating these animals. What I thought last year to be 2 or 3 of them turned out to be 10 plus at the end of the summer. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 6:04PM
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One thing that is *supposed* to work on the little beggers is wolf pee. An organic gardening store should sell it. Chipmunks can kill the roots by removing the dirt & storing their hoard around your plants.

I just let my cat out. :-)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:20PM
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I have issues with voles (a small gerbil-like critter that tunnels at or near the surface) and they ate all the roots of my first Venosa Violacea under the snow one winter. Other plants have had roots eaten and tunnels have allowed roots to dry out, so you have my sincere sympathy. Mice and other burrowing critters sometimes use the vole tunnels as well. Somewhere I read a suggestion that a snap trap next to a fresh hole and under a weighted down old plant pot (so you don't catch a critter that isn't doing damage) will remove many of the problem critters. I may be trying that route this year.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 2:40PM
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