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  •  thanks so much (6+ / 0-)

    the plants are coming back, as i knew they would; such pruning, even though unwanted, was sure to inspire more growth;

    definitely will try hot pepper products, and caging them early, and even on top, although whatever it was ate at the stems only from the bottom

    •  huh... (5+ / 0-)

      at the base stems only??  What about the new growth, did they eat that as it pushed out from the bottom, too?  So was it only after the young growth?  Or the older growth?

      Did you check for slugs or snails?

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 04:49:11 PM PDT

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      •  it was at the end of the summer (6+ / 0-)

        that this happened; the plants were mature and some had blossomed, but many many which were full of buds, got cut/bitten toward the bottom; as if the creature were sucking the juice out maybe

        all the growth at that point was mature

        now these same plants are growing new shoots like crazy, which i knew would happen

        •  yes... (5+ / 0-)

          phlox are really hardy that way.  As long as they get some time in to put out greens to replenish the roots, they will keep going.  Not being able to bloom usually then puts the energy back into the roots, so if allowed to bloom this year, you probably will get lots!

          Most all critters, soft bodied or mammals will go for the younger green growth - more tender, less woody.  Phlox stems are not super soft, so it's a hard thing to figure.  ???

          I can only think of rabbits, but you said that they were caged.

          I don't think phlox would be the tastiest of garden plants!!  LOL  

          Sometimes unusual weather (like drought, heat) will cause critters to eat things out of the norm though....

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:41:52 AM PDT

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