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Discussion id : 12-270
most recent 19 MAY 06 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 MAY 06 by marrukurli

I recently got a potted rose. Unfortunately, my cat likes to nibble on it. I cannot always catch him in the act and haven't found a spot to plant it. He is an indoor cat. We have neighboring cats and outdoor cats come by and use the bare spot as a catbox. I have yet to use any chemicals on that so I am not afraid of him getting sick. I've tried keeping it out of his reach but it's nearly impossible - we live in a triplex so space is limited.

Is there anything I can do?

Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 MAY 06 by William
One thing that seems to work for me is catnip.  Take a sock and fill the end about an inch up and seal off.  Attach sock to doorknob or kitty scratching post and let the cat know its there (get a little wet and put it under it nose and scrunch a little).  After they get the taste for catnip they pretty much leave the plants alone.  You can also put a little in with their food (helps digestion).  Now as for them using the planter box as a litter box, find a bunch of little sticks and poke them into the soil (about a dozen or so) so they cannot be moved.  This usually stops my outdoor problem in my beds so the cats won't to potty there.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 19 MAY 06 by marrukurli
Thank you so much!
Discussion id : 4-178
most recent 22 OCT 03 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 OCT 03 by Unregistered Guest
I am the puzzled terrace gardener who wrote late last june. Although I never caught them in the act, I suspect squirrels were eating my roses this summer and also my dahlias. I was somewhat successful in fending them off with the following combination of treatments which I repeated fairly often during the summer because each treatment wears off after a while. This is what I did. I sprayed with animal repellent. Trust me it is very bitter. If I were a critter I would not want to snack on this twice. Then I spread a generous amount of moth balls on top of the soil surrouding the bush pressing a little on each so it doesn't roll off. Then, taking a new moth ball and scracthing it a little, I rubbed this mothball on each new bud as it appeared and as it grew (even the very new and tender ones) to leave a moth ball powder deposit and repeated this last operation more often than the rest. Not just because it happens to be least trouble but it seemed to work. If I lapsed though, the squirrels came back.
Discussion id : 2-510
most recent 3 AUG 05 SHOW ALL
Initial post 21 JUN 03 by Christine N.
how do I stop deer and squirrels from eating the buds off my rose bushes?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 27 JUN 03 by Unregistered Guest
There are a number of products at the garden center, see which works for you.
I've got three big dogs, that seems to do the trick very nicely.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 1 AUG 05 by Anonymous-797
Reply #3 of 3 posted 3 AUG 05 by Lyn G
One of the best solutions I have read about in the last year is to interplant deer-deterant plants in your rose beds as well as around the perimeter of your garden. These plants are often quite beautiful on their own so they can be a valuable addition to any landscape.


Discussion id : 2-114
most recent 19 OCT 05 SHOW ALL
Initial post 4 JUN 03 by Joseph Magee
how can I stop squirrels from digging in the containers that have my roses?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 6 JUN 03 by The Old Rosarian
Some gardeners have had success with placing chicken wire around the base of the rose as squirrels don't like to go over the wire or dig in it.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 24 JUN 03 by Unregistered Guest
Go to your local beauty salon and gather some human hair. Sprinkle the hair in and around you pots. This works very well with rabbits too.

New to roses old to gardening.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 27 AUG 03 by Unregistered Guest
I'm also new to roses but old to (container) gardening
Reply #4 of 5 posted 27 AUG 03 by Unregistered Guest
I'm also new to roses but old to container (roof-top) gardening. I've found that sprinkling a pungent spice such as cumin, curry, or hot pepper flakes on the soil and even dusting the leaves with powdered spice can often keep squirrels, cats and bugs out of the container. Your yard or rooftop smells (temporarily) like an Indian restaurant, but the critters don't seem to like it. I've never tried this on my 2-day old rose bushes, but it sure works on sunflowers (which squirrels love).
Reply #5 of 5 posted 19 OCT 05 by Unregistered Guest
Depends on density of the squirrels' population. In the city for me works only mechanical protection - wire mesh on the top of containers, for bushy ones - rose collar (green dense plastic mesh) around the top of container and bottom of the plant, bamboo skewers sharp point up work too, but look very ugly. If other soil sources around are difficult to dig, squirrels turn to easy to dig soils.
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