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sarasota alex

A couple of my very young palms have recently become victims of neighborhood rabbits. They seem to be going mostly after the petioles of bifid leaves. They eat the part between the bifid or sometimes pinnate part and the stem. So I get to discover a leafless stem with top portions of the leaves laying around. So far two victims are Archontophoenix myolensis and Chamaedorea microspadix (two stems).

Any advise is appreciated!

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JEFF IN MODESTO

A couple of my very young palms have recently become victims of neighborhood rabbits. They seem to be going mostly after the petioles of bifid leaves. They eat the part between the bifid or sometimes pinnate part and the stem. So I get to discover a leafless stem with top portions of the leaves laying around. So far two victims are Archontophoenix myolensis and Chamaedorea microspadix (two stems).

Any advise is appreciated!

Large rat traps work. ....:rage:

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sarasota alex

Thanks Jeff, but I don't want to hurt them. Plus there is too many of them in the area, I won't trap all. If there was only a way to keep them away without putting up ugly small fences.

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BS Man about Palms

Rabbit stew? :blink:

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Kailua_Krish

I had a problem with squirrels eating my palms so I put little chicken wire cages around their bases. You can barely see that the wire is there because it is so thin but it seems to work. Perhaps this would work for rabbits?

-Krishna

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Dypsisdean

I would try some cayenne pepper or the like sprinkled liberally around the area, and especially around and on the palm parts being eaten. I can't imagine sniffing around, the way rabbits do, that they would find that too pleasing. And nibbling on some spiced up grass and palms couldn't be that pleasant for them either.

And BTW - are you sure you are not witnessing rat damage instead?

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MattyB

Cayanne pepper is a great idea. I use it to keep the dogs from chewing on stuff. For the rabbits, put up a chicken wire or haardware cloth cage around them. Make sure they are nice and wide and tall because they can climb ud with their font paws to reach leaves. It's not pretty but once your plants are about 18 to 24 inches tall the rabbits will leave them alone. If the can walk under them they see them as shelter not food.

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DoomsDave

Hmm.

Sounds like rodent damage. Rabbits aren't rodents, technically (notwithstanding Yosemite Sam's epithets to Bugs Bunny . . . . ) THat might matter, since many rodents can climb much better than rabbits can.

I have a problem with these vile voles that clip the leaves of chamadoreas (with a "hard" ch, like charismatic) and leave the blades. They can strip a whole crown of leaves.

I watched one night as they swarmed down from the Tree of Rough Bark and Gentle Shade.

I thought the Cats of Doom would get them, but, maybe not. I saw some damages this very morning.

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Tassie_Troy1971

fight fire with fire :rolleyes:

Say ello to my little Friieeend ! :lol:

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Gtlevine

Great photo Troy, haha!

I use rabbit cages around small plants and anytime I see a rabbit in the yard scoping the shopping isles I break out my Ruger 10/22 and shoot them. Use 22 shorts and they are real quiet so you won't scare the neighbors.

Gary

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MattyB

Gary, I could shoot 2 rabbits a day and not make a dent in the rabbit population in our canyon. They reproduce like, well, rabbits.

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Takil-Explorer

Eat them!

Bon appetite!

Alexander

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sarasota alex

Thanks everyone!

Dean, I'm going to follow your pepper sprinkling suggestion. Rabbits in our area appear in great numbers and then disappear for months. It started when they came this time. On the night when the last attack happened I came home late and saw more than a half of dozen within 100 ft of my yard.

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Palmə häl′ik

Silly Wabbits! :angry:

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sarasota alex

Ok so I should've come out last night to put pepper, but didn't. Four Chamaedorea stems gone. They ate the cabbage.angry.gif

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Daryl

I have lost a lot of palms over the years to rats and hares, plus the occasional stumbling kangaroo.

This is what I use to keep the hares out of my palms...they seem to love Pritchardias...this is the sole survivor of three that I planted 18 months ago.

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the flying dutchman

They have eaten 3 Trachycarpus of mine 2 years back in the winter. It were

only small plants so i replaced them and i made a circle of buxus around the

trees. This winter i had no damage.

Surely you can replace the buxus by other shrubs that form a low hedge.

In any case, they don't eat the Buxus.

Ron

Edited by the flying dutchman

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Kumar

Will poison work - do you think ? How about lacing the leaves of your young palms with extract from caryota seeds (calcium oxalate) or some other naturally occuring substance

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Palmateer

Is it the hunting season? Call Elmer Fudd.

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Jimhardy

Make an example out of one of them! :rage:

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