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tablerocktina
Fountain Inn, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9075934

I have had my pitcher plant send up three would-be blossoms, but before they can open , they are gone. Doesn't seem to be chewed...it's a clean cut. I have a fenced yard with two dogs so the neighborhood cats don't come in. Any suggestions what might be doing this? I cannot find the missing blossoms in the pot the plants are in. Thanks for any help. Tina
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

April 13, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9081485

Hmm, strange. Clean cuts? I grow them and never had that problem. Birds maybe?

Read this link!

http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3640.html

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9081557

ck below the soil surface for pill bugs or cutworms, they come out after dark and butterfly season is hvy this year, they can cause damage
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

April 15, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9083793

I agree with Kittriana and also add that you should look out for earwigs, these are night feeders, brown about half inch long with a pair of pincher's at the rear, I would expect birds to scatter the flowers after they have been chew off, same with cats and other animals, slugs can also do this and are night feeders too. I would be out there either at dawn or late evening with a flashlight and see if you can get any clues as to what the culprits are doing.
Good luck. WeeNel.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

April 16, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9085003

May be slugs as well.

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