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It appears that something ate the majority of my Serenoa repens seedling that I planted over the summer. Are there any animals that seem to particularly like eating palms, or is it likely that this was just a taste test? 

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Stevetoad

looks like rabbit work to me. here they will munch anything that they cant hide under.

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Darold Petty

Could also be roof rats, (Rattus rattus).  They eat my wife's herb seedlings. :wacko:

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joe_OC

Lost 3 very old C metallicas to rats this week...  :violin:

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PalmatierMeg

Rabbits, rats, squirrels, all of them? I had almost my whole crop of silver saw palmetto eaten by varmints this year.

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PalmTreeDude

This was a silver too. I need to start growing things longer in pots. I have now lost two Sabal minor, three live oaks, and this Serenoa repens, assuming it doesn't somehow come back, to rodents. 

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Stevetoad
55 minutes ago, PalmTreeDude said:

This was a silver too. I need to start growing things longer in pots. I have now lost two Sabal minor, three live oaks, and this Serenoa repens, assuming it doesn't somehow come back, to rodents. 

how about making a cage around them with 1/2 wire or chicken wire. ive done that on a few special plantings. i just made a one foot tall fence around it. seemed to do the trick. if its rats this probably wont work though

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PalmTreeDude
41 minutes ago, Stevetoad said:

how about making a cage around them with 1/2 wire or chicken wire. ive done that on a few special plantings. i just made a one foot tall fence around it. seemed to do the trick. if its rats this probably wont work though

That sounds like a good idea. I had to make a caged box on my deck for germinating seeds because squirrels kept digging everything up (over 50 live oak seeds at one point). 

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Chester B
3 hours ago, Stevetoad said:

how about making a cage around them with 1/2 wire or chicken wire. ive done that on a few special plantings. i just made a one foot tall fence around it. seemed to do the trick. if its rats this probably wont work though

I did this for all of my fruit and nut trees when I lived in the country.  One night unprotected and the rabbits will get them.  Any damage in my current garden is always due to rabbits as well.

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branislav
9 hours ago, Stevetoad said:

how about making a cage around them with 1/2 wire or chicken wire. ive done that on a few special plantings. i just made a one foot tall fence around it. seemed to do the trick. if its rats this probably wont work though

I am so sick of the damn rabbits. I have dozens of cages, often put up after I discovered the rabbits munching on the plant, and the bastards just move one to another plant. Usually, the next most expensive/rare one they can find. And don't get me started on gophers. I am in constant chemical warfare with them: it's WWI underground here!

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joe_OC

Caught two huge fat rats.  Will put out more traps.  Will make this a regular practice going forward.

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NC_Palms

Here squirrels are my biggest concern. They will chew down and rip seedlings straight out of the grown. I like to protect all my little seedlings in chicken wire until I feel they are large enough to tolerate whatever nature throws at them.

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RyManUtah

I second the cage idea. I build several with fine wire during the ‘apocalyptic’ grasshopper infestations last year. 

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