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Rose flowers found on the ground

Zone Chili, calif. 95928 zone 9 | [email protected] added on June 10, 2018 | Answered

Daily I find roses that appear to have been cut clean, now ragged or chewed, an inch or two below the flower laying on the ground. Can't locate any bugs. What the heck?

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Answered on June 10, 2018

IN response to Roseman---
Squirrels, 🤔 Humm.... We do have squirrels. However these are young canes not capable of holding a squirrels weight. Also, this is a fenced in back yard in a gated community where there are no children. I just measured the distance from the bottom of the bloom to the cut. Oddly all are 1 1/4 " ! I've heard of cut bees but this seem a little beyond their capability. Maybe I'll check things out with a flashlight tonight. 😜

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Answered on June 10, 2018

I have had both squirrels do this and kids walking by. The squirrels seem to bite them off clean as a whistle right below the bloom, then just toss them on the ground. They do they same thing with my Tulips sometimes. Pretty weird. The kids grab them to pull the petals off and pop off the entire bloom....

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