Question From: MICHIGAN
Q: I planted a dozen new tulip bulbs last Fall. They came up & bloomed, but then I started finding the flower laying on the ground, like it had been cut off clean. I know critters can eat the flower, but they were never eaten or chewed on, plus- my older crop of tulips were never touched & bloomed perfectly. Could the new tulips be infected with mites or aphids, even though I never saw any sticky residue on the leaves? Thank you.
My guess is squirrels. Next spring spray the buds and blooms with a repellant such as PlantSkydd or one that contains cayenne pepper. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy