Hey there. As someone who has spent many years tending to my garden, I know all too well the disappointment of finding out that your beautiful hibiscus bushes have been munched on by those pesky deer. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips and tricks to help keep Bambi and his buddies away from your hibiscus.
Q: Do deer eat hibiscus?
A: Yes, deer will eat hibiscus plants if they are hungry enough. The large, colorful blooms and lush foliage of hibiscus plants make them a tasty treat for deer.
Q: What can I do to protect my hibiscus from deer?
A: There are several methods you can use to protect your hibiscus from deer, such as using repellents, physical barriers like fencing, companion planting, planting them in pots and bringing them inside, using a motion-activated sprinkler and making a noise.
Q: Are there any plants that deer tend to avoid?
A: Some plants that deer tend to avoid include daffodils, iris, and marigolds. Consider incorporating these plants into your garden to help deter deer from eating your hibiscus.
Q: Can I use a commercial repellent to protect my hibiscus from deer?
A: Yes, you can use a commercial repellent to protect your hibiscus from deer. These repellents are sprayed on the plants to make them smell bad to deer, which can help to keep them away.
Q: Is it possible to protect my hibiscus from deer without using any chemicals?
A: Yes, there are several methods to protect your hibiscus from deer without using chemicals, such as using physical barriers like fencing, companion planting, and planting them in pots and bringing them inside, using a motion-activated sprinkler and making a noise.
Why do deer love hibiscus so much?
These plants are known for their big, beautiful blooms and lush foliage, which make them a tasty treat for deer. But just because they love it, doesn’t mean we have to give it up without a fight.
One way to keep deer away from your hibiscus is to use repellents. You can use an organic repellent, which makes the plants taste bad to deer. It’s like putting hot sauce on your plants, just less tasty for the deer. You can also use a commercial repellent, which is sprayed on the plants to make them smell bad to deer. It’s like having your hibiscus wear perfume that only deer can smell, and it’s not pleasant.
Another option is to use physical barriers like fencing. A fence that is at least 8 feet tall will be tall enough to keep deer out. It’s like putting up a “no trespassing” sign but with more wood.
You can also try companion planting, by planting plants that deer tend to avoid near your hibiscus. Some examples include daffodils, iris, and marigolds. It’s like giving the deer a menu and they’ll just skip over your hibiscus.
Another tip is to plant your hibiscus in pots and bring them inside or put them in a greenhouse at night. This will keep them safe from deer, and any other critters that might want to nibble on your flowers. It’s like giving your hibiscus a luxurious hotel room to stay in overnight.
You can also use a motion-activated sprinkler, it’s like having a security guard for your garden, but with less paperwork. When the sprinkler senses motion, it sprays water, scaring the deer away.
Lastly, you can make a noise, Sometimes, all it takes is a loud noise to scare deer away. You can hang wind chimes, or even set up a radio on a timer to play music or talk shows at night. The deer will think someone’s home, and they’ll stay away. It’s like having a party in your garden and inviting only humans.
So as we have seen, deer love hibiscus, but by using a combination of different methods, you can protect your hibiscus from deer and enjoy their beautiful blooms in your garden. And remember, if at first, you don’t succeed, try try again! Happy gardening!