Flowers disappearing

I have a flower garden all around the front of our home. It is about three feet wide. I will notice a beautiful flower there, then "poof" it is gone.

What is eating the root and pulling the stem underground? I've read everything on the internet without coming to a SPECIFIC IDENTIFER of the gremlin responsible.




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Jul 01, 2012
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Ye Olde Drier Klothe Remede
by: Anonymous

Gotta love the dryer cloth approach!! Thanks!

Jul 01, 2012
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Disappearing Flowers
by: Larry

And since you do not see any kind of insect and because flowers and stems disappear relatively quickly I would suspect a larger animal.

If you live in an area with deer that would be my first choice. Deer enjoy certain garden items such as sedum, hosta and especially tomatoes. And they are voracious eaters.

Raccoons are common pests and are omnivorous meaning they eat both plant and animal. Maybe your flower is especially tasty to them... although I have never heard of a raccoon eating flowers.

Another reason I believe this is an animal pest is the fact that only flowers and stems are disappearing and foliage seems to be left untouched. An insect pest would probably attack the entire plant.

The first step would be to determine if this only happens daytime, nighttime or both day and night. Try putting some powdery substance around the plants to get some tiny footprints.

Or try what my grandfather used to do: put a dryer cloth on a small stick and ound it into the ground next to the plant.

Jul 01, 2012
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Flower and stem abruptly disappearing
by: Anonymous

The question involved not just the bloom, but the entire stem. I can actually observe a stem with a flower on it being jerked underground. I asked which gremlin does that. How do I rid myself of the gremlin?

Jun 29, 2012
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Flowers Dropping
by: Larry

Flowers dropping from your plants are not necessarily caused by bugs. If you cannot see any bugs or eggs when looking closely, I would look for other causes.

Dropping plant flowers is also related to temperature and watering conditions. Have you been watering too much or too little?

Have there been abnormal temperature extremes such as cold nights or usually hot days?

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