Iris leaf stalks bitten off at base? Whodunnit?

njcbrand(Zone 8 (Charlotte))July 8, 2008

I was visiting my mom in coastal Virginia and her iris have a bizarre problem. Hundreds of them have been bitten--really looks like large teeth marks by a very small mouth--at the very base of the leaves, so the leaves are lying on the ground, some completely severed, some only halfway, some with a half-moon shaped bite at the edge, the size of half-a-nickel. What on earth can be doing this? She's frantic, as they all came from my grandma's garden. Thanks in advance for helping to ID the culprit!! (We haven't checked the tubers yet--too hot outside)

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    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 1:32PM
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njcbrand(Zone 8 (Charlotte))

Since the bite marks are so tiny (just the size of a half-nickel) I don't think it's deer. We poked around under them and there are a few small tunnels . . . once we find out who's eating them, I'll need tips on humane, organic repellant (red pepper? cayenne? used kitty litter?)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 8:34PM
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