What would eat basil, geranium, and lemon balm?

LisaH(6)June 4, 2010

We're visiting relatives in California, and something is devouring their basil, geranium, and lemon balm--in other words, plants with aromatic oils. Could this be a rabbit?

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Dan Staley

Ask them what critters they have and what the damage looks like for a decent diagnosis.

Nonetheless, if I were to plant basil in front where the rabbits roam, it'd be gone in one night. Since we don't know what kind of geranium, I can't comment on that. I would expect Melissa to be rabbit resistant.


    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 7:27PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Slugs and snails eat lots of things.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 1:01AM
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Dan Staley

One of the things I enjoy about the Front Range that drove me crazy in CA was the slugs and snails. But surely there can't be anything but WAGs for this question. Could be anything with the paucity of info provided. Surely far up on the list for lack of info.


    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 9:32AM
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may be it's the japanese bettles. They almost finished my basil plants last year.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 1:02AM
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Actually, despite my "paucity" of information, rabbits is a good WAG. They have seen a rabbit skulking around. I just wasn't sure whether rabbits eat basil--they've never eaten mine in NJ. FYI, the geranium is 'Brookside,' or cranesbill geranium.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2010 at 10:09AM
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