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something eating the flower buds

Posted by tomkaren z9 Citrus Co FL (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 15, 12 at 14:59

My camellia bush was loaded wiTh buds in all stages of opening. Now most are gone and look like the buds are just cut off. What could be the culprit?

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RE: something eating the flower buds

Size of the buds when they went missing?
Squirrels? Birds? Drought-stress?

Any chance of pictures of a damaged bud?

RE: something eating the flower buds

Not sure what your area is like, but here (northern VA) we're overrun with deer and they LOVE to gnaw camellias (esp smaller plants) all the way back to the branches--some of my younger camellias get entirely stripped if I don't protect them.

RE: something eating the flower buds

sounds like deer to me, too.
some years are worse than others around my yard. they usually don't bother the leaves or branches on mine but they will take almost every flower bud, open or tightly closed, from the shrub.
i have had success in years past by putting out strongly scented bar soap shavings wedged in the branches. have to do that before they discover the flowers, though.
irish spring is a soap i used which kept them away. if you cut the soap pieces large enough, they will stay there through several rains and melt into the branch crotches.

RE: something eating the flower buds

No deer here, only squirrels. This plant has been growing here many years and never before been bothered. Have no idea what has changed.

RE: something eating the flower buds

Squirrels will eat the buds here. I see bits and pieces lying on the deck rails where they 'sit and eat'.

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