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Started by: Gail Harland

Why doesn't Crocus laevigatus 'Fontenayi' get eaten?

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Contribution from Gail Harland 29 January 2010, 11:15top / bottom of page

I hadn't bought any crocus for several years as I find there are cheaper ways of feeding mice. However in the autumn I was feeling crocus deprived and bought a couple of packs of cheap chrysanthus cultivars (Blue Pearl and Romance). You can tell exactly where I planted them as they are now marked by little holes where they were dug up and eaten.

Strangely however I have grown Crocus laevigatus 'Fontenayi' for more than 15 years, it has multiplied well in that time and has been split, distributed around the garden and passed to friends. Some of the leaves of one clump were grazed by rabbits but I have never known any of the corms to be eaten, despite the fact that rodents must know where they are (see hole in picture!).

So two questions;

Why don't they get eaten?

And does anyone know any other species I can try that will be similarly ignored?



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