Sanguinaria c. 'Multiplex'

leslie6riApril 12, 2012

I've always wanted a double Sanguinaria and finally ordered one. It should be arriving today. But I've planted single bloodroots before and something always eats them. Not one has ever bloomed. I really don't want to lose this plant. What do fellow gardeners think of planting the rhizome in a suet cage? Do you think that would be protection enough? Do you think the holes in the suet cage would be too small? Or too big?

Does anyone have any tricks to protect specialty plants that you really don't want eaten?

Thanks for any suggestions at all.

Leslie

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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Leslie, one of my all-time favorite plants! I think a suet cage would have holes that are too large. A vole can get through the tightest space. Maybe your local hardware store has hardware cloth that you could make a cage from? I think it comes as small as 1/8". If you make it big enough there should be enough room for roots, and the roots would grow through the holes anyway. I've had voles decimate part of my clumps of this plant so you're probably right to protect it.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 8:22PM
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leslie6ri

Hi thyme2dig,

Thanks for answering. I did manage to get the plant into a suet cage --it wasn't easy because it's already in bloom! But I carefully worked the 3 shoots into the holes and managed to knock extra soil off the roots without disturbing the rhizome. I was thinking of using hardware cloth around the sides and bottom of the suet cage for extra protection but I don't think I can cover the top because of the shoots. I should have asked for an earlier ship date, I guess. A bare rhizome would have been easier to work with. --At least now I can lift the rhizome without causing it much damage as I try to reinforce the cage. (As an aside... I asked about hardware cloth as Lowe's and the man I spoke with had never heard of it. Despite the fact that we found shelves of it a few feet away.) I will add hardware cloth to the sides and bottom (and over the top when it stops blooming).

Thanks very much.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 8:13AM
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